Atkinson Vs. Perdue...What Does The Lawsuit Say About The Governor?

Superintendent of public Instruction June Atkinson's court victory over Governor Perdue raises some interesting questions.




North Carolina's elected superintendent of public instruction, June Atkinson, won her lawsuit against Governor Perdue.

Perdue appointed Bill Harrison to the State Board of Education and made him her choice to run the schools, in effect, overriding Atkinson's elected authority.

The judge determined Atkinson has the constitutional authority to be day-to-day administrator of the public schools. Observers might say it seems pretty straight-forward considering she was elected by the people.

The decision raises a couple of troubling questions. Are the governor, and her staff members, unaware of what is and what is not constitutional? If they are they just not care?

What do you suppose the answers to those questions reveal about the Perdue administration?

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  • by Ron Location: NC on Jul 28, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    I think the answer may well be the old, "you scratch my back and I will scratch yours", or the power thing has gone to the governor's head. I am so glad that the lawsuit was won, maybe at the least, the governor will think twice in the future before using power unwisely.
  • by James Location: North Carolina on Jul 22, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    I did not except any more out of Gov. Perdue then she demonstrate as Lt. Gov. Her tactics in getting the Lottery passed was just a forerunner to the Bill Harrison power move. The people elected Ms. Atkinson, who does Gov. Perdue think she is?

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