School Superintendent Asks Court To Clarify Job

Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson is going to court to reclaim the powers of her office and end her days as little more than North Carolina's chief cheerleader for education.

Atkinson filed a lawsuit Friday in Wake County Superior Court against the State Board of Education and Gov. Beverly Perdue. Atkinson was re-elected in November, but Perdue hired a chief executive officer to manage the state's work educating about 1.5 million students.

The state constitution calls the superintendent the chief administrative officer of the school board that sets education policy, but state law lets the board dictate the superintendent's job.

Atkinson said the lawsuit should clarify whether the state's top schools chief will be elected or appointed.

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  • by Parker Location: NC on Apr 4, 2009 at 04:45 AM
    I elected her also. She has done a stand-up job so far for NC education so why take away her power? I thought the children were going to be put 1st these days :( Guess NOT !
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 3, 2009 at 04:55 PM
    This tatict of Bev's seems to be the same as Obama and the democratic congress use to grab power and control. Has there ever been a aduit of the so called "education lottery" to see where this money is spent?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    As an educator, I voted for her, because I believe she can do the job. Now, let her do it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    I agree with Mary-let's tell Perdue to let the public official that was elected to the position do the job. This change needs to happen on Monday...not months away.
  • by Mary Location: NC on Apr 3, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    I don't care who they put in there, But the person should be able to support education of the children, not taking every bit of money given to them. Our County (pamlico, craven) has no decent library anymore and its hindering our learning. One teacher told one of my daughters that the library can't be fixed because they had to repay grant money given to the school, leaving them short. Short of funds, so we get left overs. This is our Education we are talking about. The system thinks that all parents allow thier children to watch TV all the time. They are wrong, So parents and children spend thier time reading instead. We need help, and we need it NOW. We need action instead of EXPENSIVE lawsuits We the people of illegal states!!!!!!!!!!
  • by StateEmployee Location: Greenville on Apr 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    Why, on earth, during the time of fiscal trouble, is Governor Perdue paying two people to do the same job? Before I, as a state employee, am willing to consider a furlough or cut in pay to help out, I'd like to see good examples set forth by my state's leadership.
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Apr 3, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    Only a few months in office and Gov.Bev is already usurping the constitution. Atkinson will win this lawsuit, lets just hope NC courts don't let this case drag on for years. The issue clear, lets have a decsion within the month and allow the person the people elected to office (Atkinson) do her job.
  • by me Location: nc on Apr 3, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    Good going.

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