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.
The three main messages of her campaign are:
Professionalize school personnel- improve salaries, benefits, and working conditions
Properly fund schools- provide adequate funding for textbooks, resources, and personnel
Expand equity across the districts- ensure every child has access to rigorous coursework, culturally responsive teachers, and safe spaces for learning.
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:
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
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.