Wake County school board member Debra Goldman is defending Superintendent Tony Tata and accusing board members Susan Evans and Christine Kushner of having violated their oaths.
In an interview Tuesday on the Bill LuMaye Show on WPTF, Goldman tell the conservative talk show host that Tata was "completely correct here" in emailing Evans and Kushner because "they've refused to disaffiliate from special-interest groups," namely the the Great Schools in Wake Coalition.
Goldman points to Evans and Kushner accepting the award last month for GSIW and attending the recent GSIW student assignment forum to dispute their statements that they're not involved with the group. She said it's "highly inappropriate to be out there championing a fringe group like this."
"I've seen candidates with t-shirts that thank Great Schools in Wake along with others," Goldman said. "So when we're talking about them saying they're no longer affiliated, to me it's like a wink, wink, nod, nod kind of a thing because they are. They're coming out, they're speaking out on behalf of this group. This group continues to back them. There is a strong allegiance."
Goldman said she feels Evans and Kushner's involvement with GSIW has been "a violation of this oath," referring to the school board's code of ethics. The code says board members should "render all decisions based on the available facts and independent judgment and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups."
Goldman has ended her previous refusal to talk with the media now that she's running for state auditor.