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Tea Party And NC’s Largest School System Locked In Debate

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The board managing North Carolina’s largest school system is locked in a new dispute that could spell the future of the superintendent hired by its former majority of tea-party conservatives.

The Wake County School Board held a closed-door session lasting nearly four hours Monday on a personnel matter. The school board plans to meet again Tuesday.

Republican school board members and GOP activists have urged supporters of Superintendent Tony Tata to rally in support of him keeping his job.

A Republican majority school board hired the former Army general in late 2010 to carry out a new classroom assignment plan. GOP board members’ decision to scrap the old plan that featured racial diversity led to protests, arrests, a federal civil rights complaint, and a threat to high schools accreditations.

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