Wake County school board member Carolyn Morrison says they "could do better for the parents, children, staff and taxpayers" than hiring Anthony Tata to be the new superintendent.
In this statement today, Morrison says that Tata is to "be commended for his service to the American people during his years in the Army." But she says can't vote for him because "nothing in his background of experience suggests that he is prepared to lead the largest school district in N.C."
Morrison says there are more qualified people to be superintendent, pointing to all the career educators. She says that Tata's 18 months as chief operating officer of D.C. Public Schools and his time in the Broad Superintendents Academy don't qualify him for the Wake job.
Morrison argues that the track record of former military officers serving as superintendents has been poor.
Morrison also takes a shot at Tata's military-action novels, saying "they're less than scholarly."
"His thought world does not seem to support his desire to go to the top of our profession as his starting point," Morrison says. "I think he should work his way up in an educational system as he was required to do in the military."