State Offices:
NC Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Superintendent of Public Instruction is the chief administrative officer of the State Board of Education, and they manage the day-to-day operations of the state’s public school system. They head the Department of Public Instruction, which has a staff of nearly 750 people who manage and lead the education of North Carolina. They implement public curricula, manage school funding, deal with teacher licensing and development, and work with local levels of public education administration. 

Candidate
Jen Mangrum (D)
Mangrum's Platform

The three main messages of her campaign are:

  1. Professionalize school personnel- improve salaries, benefits, and working conditions

  2. Properly fund schools- provide adequate funding for textbooks, resources, and personnel

  3. Expand equity across the districts- ensure every child has access to rigorous coursework, culturally responsive teachers, and safe spaces for learning.

Candidate
Catherine Truitt (R)
Truitt's Platform
  • Make sure there is a highly qualified teacher in every classroom

  • Ensure students in high school are college and career ready with necessary skills

  • Grant local teachers the flexibility they need to make good decisions

  • Recommend research-based literacy strategies to ensure student have what they need to learn to read

  • Expand partnerships between schools and four-year colleges, community colleges, businesses, hospitals

  • Collaborate with experts to solve statewide challenges

Meet the candidates:
who's who?
Jen Mangrum
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Bio: Jenn Mangrum is a native North Carolinian with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, a masters in early childhood education from East Carolina University, and a PhD from UNC-Greensboro. She has worked as a classroom teacher and as an associate professor at UNC-Greensboro

Catherine Truitt
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Bio: Catherine Truitt received her Bachelors from University of Maryland as masters in education from University of Washington. She has spent 10 years as a classroom teacher and was nominated twice for the “Teacher of the Year” award.  In 2015 she was nominated by Governor Pat McCrory to serve as the Senior Advisor on Education where she was tasked with developing strategic state education policy goals for ages 0-20. She was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for her work to improve public school education. She has worked as a turn-around coach for underserved schools and currently serves as Chancellor for Western Governors University NC. 

Key endorsements:
who's supporting who?
Mangrum's Endorsements
Truitt's Endorsements