Breaking News: Judge sides with Superintendent Atkinson
Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson today won the first round of her lawsuit against the Perdue administration in her quest to have the powers of her office restored. A Wake County judge ruled the state constitution's gives the superintendent day-to-day powers. Exactly who's in charge of North Carolina's education system has been in dispute since the mid-1990s. Gov. Bev Perdue attempted to clear up the confusion by creating a position called CEO of Public Schools to run the Department of Public Instruction. The CEO, Bill Harrison, is also chairman of the state Board of Education. Atkinson, meanwhile, has been left largely with a ceremonial position. We'll have more on this story this evening during All Things Considered.