Acknowledged as the worst school system in the United States, Washington D.C. lags behind every other school district in the country. So let's take the former COO of Washington D.C. Schools and make him Wake County's new school superintendent.
Retired army brigadier general Tony Tata was recently sworn in as the new School Superintendent for Wake County, North Carolina. A recent poll of Wake Country principals shows that the staff believes that “the school system's credibility has been called into question.” Gee! Y'think?
In an already declining school system, facing a $100 million budget gap and increasing controversy over the move to neighborhood schools, Tata has his work cut out for him – anyone would.
But why Tony Tata? He has already screwed up the DC schools? Isn't that enough? Can't we get someone in who has a proven record of making things better instead of worse? Can't we get someone from a successful and highly rated school system?
Oh, but why? North Carolina already has a record of screwing up the schools and wasting money. With a $100 million shortfall, the school system wastes millions a year busing students all over the place, miles out of their districts, because the schools in some neighborhoods aren't as good as in others. So let's bus the kids from the good neighborhoods to those schools and the kids from high-crime neighborhoods to schools in the upper-class neighborhoods – I mean, just to be fair. And gas is nearly $4.00 a gallon.
Oh, but wait! There's millions being given away from the North Carolina Lottery, which is already buying the most expensive air time there is on television and putting up hundreds of billboards across the state. The whole idea was that money would go to the schools. So why are we $100,000,000 in the hole? Well, even WRAL Investigates didn't answer the question to my satisfaction. They said I have to understand that the allocation of that money goes to many different areas, so it's really too complex for me to understand.
However, WRAL Investigates did find some government accounts with money stored in them just sitting there with no place to go. Couldn't those be funneled into the school system? No? I guess it's just too complex for me to understand. Just like it's too complex for me to understand why we are spending so much putting gas into buses and why we hired the guy who ran the worst school system in the US to run ours.
Would you like to know the reason the economy is in the tank and government can't get anything done?It's because we're stupid! To hire the COO of the worst school system to run the Wake County school system is stupid. But then, in light of the other stupid things we've done lately, from the NC Lottery ripoff to the Mike Easley trial, we're batting pretty much average.