The two candidates competing to lead North Carolina’s public schools clashed Monday over the value of school choice and how they’d work with state lawmakers if Republicans retain control of the General Assembly.
Democrat Jen Mangrum and Republican Catherine Truitt are hoping to replace Mark Johnson, who did not run for re-election, as state superintendent of public instruction. At a virtual candidate forum Monday sponsored by the N.C. Association of School Administrators, Mangrum repeatedly attacked the General Assembly while Truitt said she’d work with lawmakers.
“Your party wants to starve public education and put money into private schools,” Mangrum said to Truitt. “That’s not what I’m about, and so if that means going toe to toe with the leadership in the General Assembly, I’m in it and