Chris Fitzsimon is calling the resignation of Wake County Schools Superintendent Del Burns and the abandonment of the Forest Ridge High site "costs of the ideological crusade" of the new school board majority.
In a column today, Fitzsimon, executive director of the liberal N.C. Policy Watch, mocks the statements from school board chairman Ron Margiotta and school board member John Tedesco that they didn't want Burns to go.
"Surely Tedesco and Margiotta can see through their crocodile tears and understand that a man who dedicated 34 years of his life to improving public education would not want to end his career watching the school system he loves fall victim to an ideological crusade." Fitzsimon writes.
Fitzsimon also takes aim at the new board majority for dropping Forest Ridge despite warnings from staff that switching sites now could lead to $15.4 million in additional costs.
Fitzsimon writes that the board's vote "displayed its arrogance and poor judgment." He again says the decision to scrap Forest Ridge is part of the new board's ideological crusade and "not a reasoned approach to making the best decisions for Wake County."
"That was clearer than ever Tuesday when the people of the county lost not only $15 million, but something far more important, the steady and dedicated leadership of a superintendent who refused to be part of destroying 30 years of progress," Fitzsimon writes.