Bill Cobey Chair Of NC State Board Of Education To Leave Post By Liz Schlemmer • Aug 2, 2018 Jess Clark / WUNC The chairman of the State Board of Education is leaving his post. Bill Cobey submitted his resignation to the Department of Public Instruction this afternoon. State Superintendent and State Board of Education Still At Odds Over Court Ruling By Liz Schlemmer • Jul 3, 2018 Jess Clark / WUNC Tension between State Superintendent Mark Johnson and the State Board of Education has not improved since the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in a case between the two. If anything, the tension is rising. Fight For Control Over NC Public Schools Pits Republican Against Republican By Jess Clark • May 15, 2017 Jess Clark / WUNC In June, a panel of North Carolina judges will hear a case that pits Republican against Republican in a power struggle over who should steer the Department of Public Instruction. State School Board Looks Into Merging County School Districts By Jess Clark • Nov 6, 2015 wikimedia commons State School Board Chairman Bill Cobey and State Superintendent June Atkinson are exploring using a new authority that allows the board to merge adjacent county school districts.