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.

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


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  • by Cobyjim Location: High Point, NC on Aug 1, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    To most of the people 16 billion dollars for a proposed tax increase seems like a lot of money. I would like to shift the total amount of 16 billion dollars proposed to what the average person would have to pay. On average every person in NC this would be every man woman and child having to end up paying more than $1,734.49 each. Maybe looking at the tax increase in this way we can better understand the total increase in taxes in a better way and contact your representatives.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 21, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    Beve needs to stick to shafting the public and stay out of school business.
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:15 PM
    Cutting teacher pay is the only thing Bev has done right.
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Jul 20, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    Perdue was only elected because of her gender.
  • by Ms. V Location: Williamston on Jul 19, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    Hooray for Judge Hobgood. Purdue violated the constitution and should be impeached. She does not care about NC. She is willing to take our money to pay for a position that is already filled and now has the nerve to appeal the decision made by a judge. She has no respect for the law. In addition she wants to cut the pay for state employees and claims she cares about education.
  • by lew Location: farmville on Jul 18, 2009 at 08:56 PM
    It is great that we have a woman governor. JUST NOT THIS WOMAN. I was amazed that anyone in this state would vote for her. Anyone with a brain can see we got just what we asked for.
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Jul 18, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    Bev. Perdue has shown that she has no respect for the rule of Law & feels that it doesn't apply to her. She should be impeached. Shes an embarrassment to NC and Craven County.
  • by chuck Location: greenville on Jul 18, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    Harrison keeps his job @$265,000. ( with less to no duties)The Attorney General's Office ( Roy Cooper)indicated Friday that it will appeal the ruling, and unsuccessfully sought to delay the ruling's implementation until that appeal is heard. NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE IN RALEIGH
  • by P on Jul 18, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    She WILL NOT get my vote next go around! She has no clue what she is doing. Shes shooting from the hip on all her decisions.
  • by GVegas Location: Greenvile on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:42 PM
    As governor of North Carolina it is Bev Perdue's duty to protect the state constitution and she has not only broken her oath, but violated the very thing she is sworn to protect. I think our lawmakers need to introduce articles of impeachment and remove her from office now before the general public does in 2012. One term perdue could easily become one YEAR perdue! Congratulations to June Atkinson on winning your case, any pointless appeals the Governor throws your way will end with the same result we saw today!!!!!
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