Atkinson Seeks Clarity From Legislature On Job

North Carolina schools superintendent June Atkinson wants the Legislature to decide once and for all her role over public education.

Atkinson has written a letter to House Speaker Joe Hackney and Senate leader Marc Basnight. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports she asked the lawmakers to work to restore authority to her job or give the governor complete control over the public schools.

The Legislature and State Board of Education have given and taken away power from the superintendent since the 1990s. The post currently has few duties although the superintendent is elected statewide by voters. Atkinson was re-elected in November.

Gov. Beverly Perdue asked last week that the education board make her choice for board chairman the chief executive officer of the schools as well.


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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 5, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    Hey Cactus, you might need to edit your comment this time. I think we may now have a "good 'ole girl" club. :)
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2009 at 07:03 PM
    Women Rule
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 4, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    Just more government BS. It will not stop until we get rid of the vermin. We voted them in, vote them out. But we can't vote out the "good old boys" can we? The "good old boys" are the problem.
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Feb 4, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    Apparently there is at least one too many blondes trying to run things in Raleigh. I'm no fan of Atkinson, but she is the person we elected to run public schools.
  • by Teacher Location: Eastern NC on Feb 4, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    Here is another move toward big government. We, the people, vote for a state superindendent to oversee and administer the state public education system. Bev steps in and "appoints" her buddy to take control and strip June's authority. This makes sense in a communist society, but in a democratic society, leaders are elected to public office. The previouse governor did the same thing, however he did leave her SOME authority. It looks like Bev just appointed another pawn to administer her broken authority.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    She is qualified, and i have all the confidence in her as well. I know her personally. She is very bright and knows what to do when the government decides.
  • by Ed Location: NC on Feb 4, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    If the governor is so concerned about the state budget, why not remove the appointed "chairman", free up that salary since I imagine he's not working for free, and let Ms. Atkinson do it? After all, the citizens of NC voted her into the Superintendent position, and she's qualified.
  • by Wilma Location: bahhumbug, NC on Feb 4, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    Another fine example of the public education system not working. If administration, schools, parents, and teachers are all bickering over control or who does what, how does that help the children? On top of the fact that most kids believe that public education is their place to make their own rules. Ever wonder why teacher turnover is so high? I will never step foot into a classroom in NC as a teacher. I would never put myself through that. I deserve better.
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