Wake County (N.C.) school superintendent ousted

March 10, 2010
Del Burns, who planned to leave the job in June, has been placed on administrative leave until then
FromThe Charlotte Observer: Wake County (N.C.) School Superintendent Del Burns will serve out his tenure on administrative leave after making what board members said were "totally inappropriate" public criticisms. The board announced that Burns, 56, will remain available for consultation and will be paid until his previously announced resignation date of June 30. FEBRUARY 2010...from The Raleigh News & Observer: Del Burns, the departing superintendent of the Wake County (N.C.) district, could face insubordination charges if he can't work effectively with the school board majority he is openly criticizing, a key member says. Meanwhile, supporters of the majority say Burns should be stripped of his duties and reassigned after a daylong series of interviews in which he attacked the board's policy changes. Burns says if the district's existing diversity policy is scrapped, Wake schools could become economically segregated.

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