Terry Stoops is saying that nobody should be surprised that the Democratic majority on the Wake County school board fired Superintendent Tony Tata because, despite their protestations otherwise, they're politicians.
In his weekly CommenTerry out today, Stoops, director of education studies for the conservative John Locke Foundation, writes that "let's get it out of our heads that school boards magically transcend partisanship and politics just because there are children involved."
Stoops writes that it's natural for the board majority to want a superintendent who will carry out their plans. He writes that Tata was an "idealist" who refused the board majority's request "to assimilate for the sake of his job. and, more importantly their political future."
"In sum, the school board majority will choose a ho-hum left-leaning career school administrator in the familiar McNeil/Burns mold," Stoops writes.