Judge Rules In Favor Of Superintendent, Against Governor

A Wake County judge has ruled North Carolina's elected public schools superintendent has the constitutional powers to be the day-to-day administrator of the state's education bureaucracy.

Judge Robert Hobgood's ruling Friday deals a blow to Gov. Beverly Perdue and is a win for Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. His opinion is to be appealed.

Hobgood ruled that Perdue violated the state constitution by creating an overarching public education executive and giving state schools CEO Bill Harrison the top administrative role.

Atkinson said her role had been diminished to ambassador for public education.

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