Powerless Elected School Head Gets Day In Court

A North Carolina judge says he will rule Friday if the state's elected schools superintendent should regain powers lost when Gov. Beverly Perdue named a separate CEO to make education decisions.

The Wake County Superior Court judge heard arguments Wednesday in the case that could put Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson back in charge of running day-to-day operation of public schools.

A 1995 law gave the state school board flexibility to shape the superintendent's job, and the power of the post since then has depended on who held the job. Perdue put former Cumberland County schools superintendent Bill Harrison in charge of the public schools that teach about 1.5 million students.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by citizen Location: eastern nc on Jul 15, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    Amen brother Charles.
  • by charles Location: winterville on Jul 15, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    I want BEV to pay for her CEO out of her own pocket. We elected June to that job
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Jul 15, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    What Bev did was usurp the will of the people. this should be an impeachable offense. However, the state house is run my dems so they don't care if a fellow dem just ignores the constitution of the state.
  • by the Pirate Lady Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    Yet another dumb choice made by Bev PerDon't. This lady should sue and I hope she wins.
  • by Kim Location: Here on Jul 15, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    Perdue put her choice in charge, lets see, since then educator jobs have been cut, furloughs have been enacted, the lottery money has been turned over to the general fund. I hope that our elected State Elected Super. of Public Instruction wins this case. Better yet, all the idiots that voted for Perdue, wake up and realize she sweet talked her way into your votes and has yet to do anything she promised to do for this state. Easley and Perdue are the same. Crooks!!! The whole lot of them should be run out of town, no wait, run out of the State.
  • by tax payer Location: nc on Jul 15, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    If she was fired from her job,then who holds the position now?I hope she wins this law suit.Someone NEEDS to show PERDUE that she aint all that...
  • by jim Location: greenville on Jul 15, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    this is how Perdue runs her office by wasting money on a new position that the PEOPLE have voted on who they wanted
  • by Citizen Location: Washington on Jul 15, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    I agree if she was elected she should have the power of the position. The people elected it's the peoples wishes.
  • by Donald Location: Washington on Jul 15, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    GOOD FOR HER! She should sue Perdue (the State). This is an obvious abuse of power on the part of the Governor.

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