New Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata says he'll accept a request to meet with the state NAACP.
Tata said he will draft the response today to the open letter that the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, sent on Wednesday. No date has been set yet for the meeting.
It would be the latest example of Tata's willingness to meet with groups who've been critical of the school system. But unlike some critics, the state NAACP has filed complaints that led to both a federal civil rights investigation and the AdvancED accreditation review.
“I’ve said I would meet with anyone who wants to talk with me,” Tata said after Thursday's economically disadvantaged student performance task force meeting. “Why shouldn’t I meet with him?”
Tata sat through Thursday's ED task force discussion, which included heated exchanges about the elimination of the diversity policy between school board member John Tedesco and members of the audience.
Click here to read the letter that Tata faxed back to Barber today.
Tata writes that he's looking forward to having “an open and honest conversation” during a private one-on-one meeting with Barber.
Tata writes that he hopes the meeting "can be scheduled as soon as possible to allow us the opportunity to get to know and better understand each other as we establish what I hope will be a long-standing and productive relationship."
"I hope this will be the first of many opportunities for us to speak and work together," Tata writes. "We have common interests in improving the achievement of all students in Wake County. I firmly believe that we can find ways to work together to achieve this goal."