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Wake County school superintendent fired from post

CARY, N.C. (AP) – The Wake County school board has voted to fire Superintendent Tony Tata, not quite two years after he assumed the role.

The 53-year-old Tata was the choice of a board with a Republican majority in January 2011. Tuesday’s vote to fire the leader of North Carolina’s largest school system came from a board with a Democratic majority.

Democratic board members didn’t disclose at the meeting the reasons for their decision.

Concerns over Tata’s tenure had heightened after a series of public disputes with Democrats on the board, complaints about a new student assignment plan and extended troubles over busing more than 70,000 students.

Stephen Gainey was named acting superintendent for a period of up to 60 days. He’s currently assistant superintendent in charge of human resources.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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