A group influential with conservatives is calling on school board members in Lee County to fire Superintendent Jeffery Moss after he backed a teacher who asked her third grade class to send letters to lawmakers opposing steep cuts to eductation.
One of the students in the class was the daughter of freshman Republican Rep. Mike Stone, who got a hand-written letter imploring him to “put the budget higher Dad” so her school wouldn’t have to lay off teachers and forgo field trips.
After Stone complained, Moss backed the teacher. Letters were also sent to other elected officials, including Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.
"If you're not interested in receiving letters from people in your district, don't run for public office," the superintendent said, according to WRAL.
In a media release, Americans For Prosperity state director Dallas Woodhouse suggested Moss "personally instructed" Stone's daughter to write him the letter and demanded that the superintendent's "immediate firing."
“A school system should not be run by an authoritarian and arrogant administrator that has clearly shown that using teachers and students as pawns is an acceptable practice," Woodhouse said, according to the release. "It is the responsibility of the Lee County School Board to make sure that this conduct ends now. The board should request Moss' resignation, and if it is not forthcoming, he should be terminated for cause.”