North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction
The current officeholder is June St. Clair Atkinson. She was first elected in 2004, re-elected in 2008, and is up for re-election in 2012.
(1) Officers. A Secretary of State, an Auditor, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Public Instruction, an Attorney General, a Commissioner of Agriculture, a Commissioner of Labor, and a Commissioner of Insurance shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State in 1972 and every four years thereafter, at the same time and places as members of the General Assembly are elected. Their term of office shall be four years and shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and continue until their successors are elected and qualified. ...
The superintendent of public instruction in North Carolina is popularly elected every four years, in presidential election years. The superintendent of schools, barring any vacancies, will be elected in 2012, 2016, and 2020. The term of office is four years, and begins on the first day of January next after their election.
Article III, Section 7 addresses vacancies in the office of superintendent of schools. In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a successor who will serve until a new officeholder is elected. The election coincides with the first election for members of the General Assembly that occurs more than 30 days after the seat becomes vacant.
Generally, the superintendent of public instruction's responsibilities are tied to the State Board of Education.
2012 ballot measure
A 2012 proposed legislatively-referred constitutional amendment would shift some of the authority from the Board of Education to the elected superintendent. Specifically, the board would become an advisory panel. Eight of the 11 board members would be chosen by the House speaker and Senate president. In order to qualify the measure for the ballot, the proposal must be approved by a 60% vote of each house of the North Carolina State Legislature. The current state constitution gives the Board of Education the authority supervise and administer public schools and the superintendent is named as the board's chief administrative officer and secretary.
Divisions of the office
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North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
301 North Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601