When North Carolina voters go to the polls on Super Tuesday, they will be faced with making a preliminary selection on who should be the next Superintendent of Public Instruction. It’s a position that directs an enormous amount of state and other funds. But it’s also a role that is poorly defined, and, currently, a source of contention.

At a North Carolina Board of Education meeting in January, current State Superintendent Mark Johnson phoned in late to the day-long meeting. He quickly began a long, repetitive description of  background information. 

There were audible groans from board members, and exasperated facial expressions, before and during several attempts to interrupt Superintendent Johnson. Finally, board member J.B. Buxton had had enough.

“Mr. Superintendent, let me intervene with a

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