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Wake Schools At A Crossroads

The Wake County School Board campaign season is entering its final few days. It’s also a crucial time for the district’s long-awaited student assignment plan.

Wake Schools superintendent Tony Tata has worked for about 7 months on the specifics of the plan. He presented it to the school board earlier this week. A public hearing is scheduled for next Thursday.

In between, the races for 5 school board seats will be decided on Tuesday. Tata was hired by the Republican school majority last year, but to his dismay, he was featured prominently in a campaign flyer sent out by Republican board chair Ron Margiotta.

Tony Tata: "I would prefer to have not been associated with any campaign. It wasn’t my picture. It’s a free country. I’m the superintendent. I’m neutral and I remain neutral."

To regain the majority, democrats would need to win all 5 seats up for grabs. If they do, they may make significant changes to the student assignment

Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Supervising Editor for Politics and Education. As an editor, reporter, and producer he's covered politics, environment, education, sports, and a wide range of other topics.
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