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Greenville Daily Reflector Endorses June Atkinson for State Superintendent

Superintendent of Public Instruction: endorses incumbent Democrat June Atkinson over Republican challenger Mark Johnson. The two candidates share similar views on many educational issues, but Atkinson's experience and strength opposite the State Legislature to preserve public education …

Charlotte Observer Endorses June Atkinson for State Superintendent

As for Atkinson, we’re encouraged that in the past year, she seems to have found her voice, including putting N.C. lawmakers on the spot this year by calling for a 10 percent pay raise for teachers. Public schools and students need some loud volume on their side in Raleigh. Atk…

Greensboro News Record Endorses June Atkinson for State Superintendent

Superintendent June Atkinson heads the 1,120-employee Department of Public Instruction, which oversees testing and carries out state education policy. A former teacher, she has advocated for public schools and teachers even when the legislature has not. Based on her experience, she…

Indy Week Endorses June Atkinson for State Superintendent

With public education chronically underfunded in North Carolina, it's good to have someone in the Department of Public Instruction who gives a damn. Over the last eleven years as superintendent, June Atkinson has garnered a reputation for helping the state's children and teachers and advocat…

News & Observer Endorses June Atkinson for State Superintendent

Challenger Mark Johnson, 32, is a member of the Forsyth County school board and brings an energetic conservatism to his campaign against three-term incumbent June Atkinson, 68. Johnson, a lawyer, opposes Common Core, favors expansion of charter schools and supports the voucher program w…

The Southern Pines Pilot Endorses June Atkinson for State Superintendent

Voters should keep Democratic incumbent June Atkinson. She has become a solid and outspoken proponent of the public schools — as when she earlier this year called for a 10 percent pay raise for teachers. Her GOP challenger, Mark Johnson, started out strong but has raised some doubts…

Winston-Salem Journal Endorses June Atkinson for State Superintendent

Atkinson, a former high-school and community-college teacher, has done a good job of standing up for students and diversity in schools. While she’s been at the helm, the state’s high-school graduation rate has climbed from 68 percent to 86 percent. She’s received widespread…