Officially, the Great Schools in Wake Coalition has been silent about the firing last week of Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata.
But individually, GSIW members have been writing letters to the editor praising the Democratic school board majority's decision to fire Tata. Click here, here and here for examples of letters to the editor written by GSIW members such as Karey Harwood, Sharon Eckard, Swain Wood, Heather Koons and Adrienne Lumpkin.
One piece was written by GSIW member Jason Langberg, an attorney for Advocates for Children's Services. His piece appeared Friday on the website of Parents Across America, a national group that supports diversity and opposes the expansion of high-stakes testing and charter schools.
Great Schools is a local affiliate of Parents Across America.
In his piece, Langberg writes that Tata's firing "proves that at least some school systems will still resist significant influence by big money and market-based deformers when it is in the best interests of families, teachers and the community." Much of the piece is critical of Tata having been trained by the Broad Superintendents Academy.
"Usually someone losing his job would not be occasion to celebrate, and typically I wouldn’t find happiness in another’s misfortune," Langberg writes. "However, as an education justice attorney, the partner of a public school teacher, and soon-to-be father of a future public school student, I can’t help it."
Swain Wood says he's not a member of Great Schools. He's on Yevonne Brannon's email action list and is the husband of GSIW activist Karey Harwood. He worked on board member Susan Evans' campaign last fall and was the lead attorney in the Open Meetings lawsuit filed against the school board in 2010.