Harrison In Top Schools Job, Atkinson May Sue

North Carolina's elected public schools superintendent said voters and her constitutional role have been usurped by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

June Atkinson said Thursday she is thinking about suing to resolve her role after Perdue pushed a new law to consolidate power among public education leaders.

Atkinson said she hoped the Legislature would allow voters to amend the constitution to clarify or eliminate her job.

The new law allowed former Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Bill Harrison to became a member and chairman of the
state Board of Education on Thursday.

Harrison also was hired this week as chief executive officer of
public schools.

Perdue created the job to adjust the power structure in public education in a way that makes her ultimately responsible.

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