Can and will critics of new Wake County Superintendent Anthony Tata be able to support him when he officially starts his new job Jan. 31?
As noted in today's article, vocal critics of the hiring such as school board member Carolyn Morrison and Great Schools in Wake Coalition chairwoman Yevonne Brannon say the community will need to rally behind Tata at some point.
For Brannon, that means when Tata is officially on the job. But for now, including today's board meeting, complaining about the search process and Tata's qualifications are still okay.
"The people have the right to express their concerns about the process and the lack of educational experience," Brannon said. "However, the day his contract begins is when the public has to hope that he will be successful."
"What's done is done so we have to get behind him now," added Morrison.
Both women argued they need to back Tata as he tries to improve Wake's academic achievement.
But this support does come after some harsh statements have been made about Tata.
For instance, in an article last week in the American Independent, Morrison is quoted as saying that "I'm sure he’s well-trained to kill" but "I wanted someone who was well-trained to educate.”
Morrison also objected to Tata saying that D.C. schools do well despite high concentrations of minority and low-income students in its classrooms.
“This man said he was OK with segregated schools,” Morrison said in the American Independent article.