|North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|August 2005 - Present|
|Years in position||10|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 3, 2004|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||Radford University (1969)|
|Master's||Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University (1974)|
|Other||Ed.D, North Carolina State University (1996)|
|Date of birth||August 19, 1948|
|Place of birth||Moneta, Virginia|
Atkinson was born in 1948 in Moneta, Virginia. She earned a B.A. in business education from Radford University and began her career as a high school teacher in Roanoke, Virginia. She later moved to North Carolina to teach high school in Charlotte before joining the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1974.
- B.A., Business education, Radford (1969)
- MEd, Vocational and technical education, Virginia Tech (1974)
- EdD, Educational leadership and policy, North Carolina State University (1996)
Superintendent of Public Instruction (2005–Present)
Atkinson has served as North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction since August 2005. She is the first woman to hold the position.
Atkinson won re-election in 2012. Her campaign announcement caught many off guard, including fellow Democrats. In January, Atkinson had not been raising money or campaigning, and Democrats had been outspokenly critical of her performance. State Rep. Rick Glazier had initially filed to challenge her, but withdrew his candidacy on February 28, choosing to run for re-election to the House instead.
Richard Alexander, Mark Crawford, Ray Martin, David Scholl and John Tedesco faced off in the Republican primary on May 8. Since no candidate won more than 40 percent the top two vote-getters, Alexander and Tedesco, went to a runoff on July 17, which Tedesco won. Atkinson defeated Tedesco in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Of her campaign, Atkinson stated, "I have a record of accomplishments, but there is much more to do. That's why I ask you to re-elect irie as State Superintendent. We need to make sure that our graduation reaches 100 percent, all students can read well, and teachers are respected, valued, and compensated as they prepare students to be career, college, and citizenship ready."
|North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||June Atkinson Incumbent||54.2%||2,336,441|
|Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.|
The official North Carolina State Board of Elections voting guide listed the following endorsements:
- North Carolina Police Benevolent Association
- North Carolina Association of Educators
- Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People
Atkinson won re-election as North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2008, defeating Republican Richard Morgan.
|North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2008|
|Democratic||June Atkinson Incumbent||53.7%||2,177,934|
|Election Results via North Carolina State Board of Elections|
Atkinson won election as North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2004, defeating Republican Bill Fletcher.
|North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2004|
|Election Results via North Carolina State Board of Elections (timed out)'|
Comprehensive donor information for Atkinson is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Atkinson raised a total of $870,618 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.
Atkinson won re-election to the position of North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. During that election cycle, Atkinson raised a total of $318,560.
|North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to June Atkinson's campaign in 2012|
|Lisa A. Williams||$27,609|
|Lillian's List of North Carolina||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$318,560|
|Total Votes received in 2012||2,336,441|
|Cost of each vote received||$0.14|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of June Atkinson's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|June Atkinson's Campaign Contributions|
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction
|Total Raised by General Election Opponents||-$462,839||$90,588|
|Top 5 contributors||Public Fund||$300,000||June Atkinson||$43,000|
|$11,615||North Carolina Democratic Party||William Gurley||$25,000|
|$1,200 each||Dr. William Gurley||$10,000|
|$1,200 each||North Carolina Association of Educators||$4,000|
|Mary Jo Wilson||$1,010||Chuck Laine||$3,700|
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- Official campaign website
- NC Public Schools.org
- Atkinson's official biography
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- LinkedIn profile
- Ask Anything: 10 questions with State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson (June 30, 2008)
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Atkinson's answers to Indy Week's candidate questionnaire
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "Meet the State Superintendent," accessed September 15, 2012
- June Atkinson, "Meet June," accessed October 27, 2012
- News & Record, "Atkinson not in best of shape to get third superintendent term," January 23, 2012
- Fay Observer, "Rick Glazier drops out of N.C. superintendent race, seeks re-election in state House," February 29, 2012 (dead link)
- The Daily Reflector, "GOP NC schools chief: Tedesco, Alexander advance," May 9, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2012 General Election Voter Guide," accessed September 25, 2012
- QNotes, "Statewide candidate endorsements announced," September 26, 2012
- Charlotte Observer, "Our Council of State endorsements, part 2," October 24, 2012
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for June Atkinson," accessed May 20, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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