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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  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Mar 6, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    So what else did yoou expect?? Just because we don't have enough money to run the government is no reason to try to hold costs down. After all, campaign contribuitors have to be taken care of, and the people need to be straightened out after electing someone QB (Queen Bev) apparently doesn't agree with. I find it interesting to discover, every time we have a "budget crunch", who the politicos seem to believe are the least important folks (and functions) in the public sector. Invariably, it is classroom teachers, beat walking cops and watchstanding firefighters (always the first to go). Never campaign donors, administrators, or others who spend their time "watching" rather than "working". I'm pulling for you, June!!!
  • by Gaty Location: ENC on Mar 6, 2009 at 02:05 AM
    Well foks, this is the good ole state of Perdue and not North Caolina (sorry to the chicken king) I thought that we elected June Atkinson the Supt. of Public Instruction and not Beverly Perdue but I guess as governot she feels like she can do what she wants to. We are in a finicail crisis and she is creating jobs for folks who supported her for her run to the throne. Shame on her nothing Mr Harrison which had a good if not great job as Supt. of Cumberland Co. Schools paid by Cumberland Co. This is favortisim at its best.I agree with Earl she is the only one to make Easley look like a saint. She is the only person that I know of that takes a vacation with than 1 month on the job.
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    I did not vote for Atkinson and am not an Atkinson fan; however, she was elected as Supt. of Public Instruction in a fair election and should be the one in charge of schools. I hope she sues because that may be the only thing that will get Perdue's attention. We elected a governor, not a dictator who can give state jobs to cronies. Well I thought that is what we did anyway. Bev may be the only person in NC who can make Easley look good.
  • by Jim Location: pitt on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:57 PM
    Perdue has created a least 3 high paying jobs but continues to cut budgets and take money from education lottery. She is opening an office in Charlotte,NC. What a gov. we have
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    Don, Judge Manning is ruining North Carolina education all by himself. He doesn't need anymore help.
  • by ted Location: gville on Mar 5, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    Apparently bev went to the same school of "Power grab" that obama went too.
  • by teacher Location: Greenville on Mar 5, 2009 at 05:35 PM
    The bad thing is that most people don't know that June Atkinson doesn't have that much power anyway because of a change in the state superintendent duties when Bob Etheridge had the job. I don't blame her for being upset about Bill Harrison and the new restructuring of the department of public instruction.
  • by Don Location: Washington on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    What else would you expect from a power hungry democrat?? She will ruin North Carolina.
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