CEO of Public Schools Bill Harrison discusses position
Every four years, North Carolina voters elect a superintendent of education. But this position has had little power since the mid-1990s. Instead, a deputy supernintendent hired by the state Board of Education has run the daily operations of the Department of Public Instruction. This setup confuses many. In response, Governor Bev Perdue recently created a position called CEO of Public Schools to run the state school system. She's appointed Cumberland County schools superintendent Bill Harrison to this position. The governor has also appointed him chairman of the state board, which must approve his authority as CEO. Harrison spoke to WFAE from his office in Fayetteville. We asked him about the 1995 changes to state law that made the state superintendent a figurehead.