The Wake County board fired its superintendent, General Anthony Tata, who had been hired by the previous board majority. That previous majority was elected with a pledge to end the district’s nationally recognized desegregation plan.

The vote to dismiss Tata was 5-4.

General Tata previously worked in D.C. as chief operating officer for then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee. He is a graduate of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy. He was known as a hard worker and an outspoken conservative who was a political commentator on conservative websites.