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Former Wake Co. superintendent releases thoughts on termination

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WAKE COUNTY--Fired without cause, that is what former Wake County superintendent Tony Tata said Friday about the decision to oust him as superintendent.

In an editorial Tata discussed his time as superintendent, saying when he took over in 2011 the district faced a $50 million budget cut and graduation rates were falling annually. Tata highlighted that during the third and fourth years of the recent recession the school district was able to supply bonuses and added programs. Tata also said he was fired without cause, which may or may not be the case, which the public has different opinions about.

"I do think it's important to note that that we structured the separation without cause because we wanted to honor his hard work but also be able to move on in an amiable way," said Wake County School Board Member Christine Kushner.

Board member John Tedesco agreed with Tata's editorial comments.

"It is clearly our loss and failure of petty politics of our local board. The ones who are losing out the most are our children,” said Tedesco.

Tata's editorial didn't mention transportation or board politics and closed with a message to all school employees that now more than ever students need their support and dedication. Employees that he was once in charge of not too long ago.

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