Wake County Schools

Former Wake schools chief writes book

Posted December 27, 2011

— Former Wake County school Superintendent Del Burns has written a book about how school systems become political battlefields.

Burns resigned from the Wake County Public School System in February 2010 after disagreeing with the policy shifts advocated by a new Republican majority on the school board.

"Preserving the Public in Public Schools," which Burns wrote with consultant Phil Boyle, argues that schools are political and ideological institutions in which each generation battles for supremacy in determining the purposes, goals and direction of public education.

Former State Board of Education member Phil Kirk praised the book in a review on Amazon.com.

"Of all the challenges facing education today, retaining the many meanings of 'public' is crucial to the survival of public schools. This is a must-read for those of us who care about strengthening the 'public' role and understanding of public schools in our nation," Kirk wrote.

Burns is now an education consultant and interim superintendent of Edgecombe County Schools.


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  • Yankee AirPirate Dec 29, 2011

    He better make it an audio book. His form of "education" will render written material useless as more and more students are promoted along, lacking basic skills.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 28, 2011

    He's correct. It's a battle between conservatives and liberal social engineers like Burns who's been pushing his failed plan of Socio-Economic Diversity (race) based busing on the people of Wake County for over 30 years without anything positive results.

  • ICTrue Dec 27, 2011

    "schools are always political hotbeds, always will be."

    True, and the reason for it is that people do not want their children used as political pawns and liberal/progressives, like Del Burns, insist on it.

  • doovinator Dec 27, 2011

    schools are always political hotbeds, always will be.

  • Mark Hayes Dec 27, 2011

    Proof that a community of highly educated be led by those of lesser intelligence.

  • westernwake1 Dec 27, 2011

    Hopefully he writes about how helpful it was to force our children to move to a different school EVERY YEAR as he moved nodes around to support his Diversity Policy (his pride & joy). I really would like to hear his explanation of how this social engineering improved my children's education.

  • ICTrue Dec 27, 2011

    He could write a book on being a complete failure

  • harrison Dec 27, 2011

    I would love proof that Burns let our students down and taught them to be quitters...? It has been the school board that has let our children down not Burn or Tata.

  • lmiller2 Dec 27, 2011

    Can't wait to not buy another book from a whiny bureaucrat who systematically wrecked the wake county public education system.

  • Nancy Dec 27, 2011

    A book of 'fiction' because, well, he never did like nonfiction. He didn't know the truth of his own role.