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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