RALEIGH — With a semester nearly under their belts, N.C.’s education leadership is taking time to recognize National Education Week. Gov. Roy Cooper issued a declaration Monday and dispatched some of his leadership team to public schools for a visit.
“We know we need to do more to support public education in North Carolina,” said Cooper. “That starts with highlighting the work being done in our schools and learning about the challenges our students and teachers face. I’m so grateful to our parents, teachers and school support personnel for all they do to educate young people.”
Among the visits this week, the state’s Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland went to Neal Magnet Middle School in Durham, the governor’s budget director Charlie Perusse went to Havelock High School, and Highway Patrol Commander Col. Glenn McNeill visited Reedy Creek Middle School in Cary. Cooper visited Washington Elementary School in Raleigh. All the schools that welcomed a member of Cooper’s team were traditional public schools, and no public charters.
Also notably absent from the governor’s list was the Superintendent of Public Schools, Mark Johnson. Johnson defeated three-term incumbent June Atkinson, a Democrat, for the position last year. Since taking office Johnson has visited traditional public schools and public charter schools.