Mark Johnson was elected nearly two years ago as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. For much of his tenure he was engaged in a power struggle with the State Board of Education over who’s in charge of public education. Now that the NC Supreme Court has sided with Johnson and the General Assembly, he’s moved quickly to restructure the Department, creating new leadership positions, replacing senior staff and pushing ahead on several key initiatives. As the new school year begins, we sit down with Superintendent Johnson to discuss his top priorities and the key issues facing education in North Carolina.

Guest:

Mark Johnson, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Edlines

Should principals be paid based on test scores?
https://www.newsobserver.com/article217518425.html

Municipal charter fight flares again in Charlotte
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article217480235.html

NC rates poorly in new school discipline report
https://www.aclu.org/report/11-million-days-lost-race-discipline-and-safety-us-public-schools-part-1
https://www.aclu.org/issues/juvenile-justice/school-prison-pipeline/race-discipline-and-safety-us-public-schools

Interview Segments

Why North Carolina’s youngest students will get some relief from testing this year
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article217569790.html

Giving end-of-year school tests can be as stressful as taking them. Help may be on the way.
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article217575090.html

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