Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata is challenging former President Bill Clinton to visit the area to see for himself what's happening in the school district instead of just criticizing from afar.
Clinton had chastised Wake for abandoning the diversity policy in a speech Saturday. Tata was indignant about the remarks as he spoke with reporters during a break at today's school board retreat.
"It was a cheap shot against a great school district," Tata said of Clinton's remarks.
Tata said students should be proud of going to a school district like Wake.
Tata also extended his invitation to visit Wake to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and cable television satirist Stephen Colbert, who've both also criticized the district for dropping the diversity policy.
Tata said he'd be willing to meet with them if they have the "courage" to come to Wake.