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 whereby public money goes to parents who want to send their kids to private schools. While Johnson has experience as a teacher and possesses an admirable passion for education, his support of expanding charter schools and vouchers are troubling, particularly when the job he seeks is one requiring a passionate commitment to traditional public schools.

But Atkinson has done a good job for a long time under difficult circumstances, with GOP legislative leaders showing a disdain for public schools. She’s earned re-election.