Who's in charge of education? Judge to rule Friday
A judge is expected to rule Friday exactly who runs North Carolina's school system. State Education Superintendent June Atkinson sued the state, saying the constitution gives her the responsibility of managing the day-to-day operations. Earlier this year, Governor Bev Perdue created the position of CEO of Public Schools. She appointed former Cumberland County Superintendent Bill Harrison to the position. There's little doubt who is in charge at the Department of Public Instruction right now. Harrison oversees about 800 employees, while Atkinson supervises four. Atkinson says that the $2.2 million people who voted for her did so with the expectation that she'd be in charge. And Atkinson hopes the judge will see it that way, too. "So I think that he should consider that the people of this state elected a state superintendent and that should be a part of his decision-making process." The State argued that the constitution gives the North Carolina State Board of Education the authority to decide the roles and responsibilities of its officers. Wake County Superior Court judge Robert Hobgood will issue a decision on Friday at noon.