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Both Sides Declare Victory In State Supreme Court Ruling On Education

State Superintendent of Public Schools Mark Johnson
NC Public Schools

The North Carolina Supreme Courtreleased a ruling Friday over who is in charge of running the state’s public schools: the State Schools Superintendent or the State Board of Education. After the decision was unveiled, both sides claimed victory.

The N.C. Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that a 2016 state law was constitutional. The law transferred some of the State Board of Education’s power to the State Schools Superintendent, Republican Mark Johnson. WUNC education policy reporter Liz Schlemmer joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the ruling.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.