March 26, 2015
Guest Editorial: Tata’s politics may
cost N.C. transportation dollars
Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata has made a nice living
from his status as a retired brigadier general. When Tata retired in
2009 after 28 years in the U.S. Army, his former rank and training at
The Broad Academy gave him entry into the Washington, D.C. school
district. There, he would use his military acumen to improve the
schools logistics as chief of operations under then-schools chancellor
Michelle Rhee. That lasted 20 months.
Then, despite little
experience in education, Tata was hired as superintendent of Wake
County schools, North Carolina’s largest school district, because a
conservative-led school board liked his potential for gung-ho,
nontraditional leadership. That didn’t end well. Tata gained a
reputation for bullying staff members and couldn’t get the buses to run
on time. He was dismissed by a new, progressive board after less than
two years and left with approximately $250,000 in severance pay.
after, he landed his current post. Upon announcing Tata’s appointment,
Gov. Pat McCrory said that despite Tata’s lack of experience with state
transportation issues, he had run complex operations as a general. “If
he can do it in Afghanistan under fire, surely he can do it in North
Carolina,” McCrory said.
However, The News & Observer of
Raleigh is now asking in an editorial if it's wise for the Secretary to
be bashing President Obama's foreign policy on Fox News.
Read the editorial of March 23, 2015.