Ethics concerns raised about state Superintendent Catherine Truitt’s campaign newsletter
A newsletter from Superintendent Catherine Truitt’s campaign touting a new parental advisory group has raised ethical concerns because it links to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s (NCDPI) website and contains a campaign donation button. Jen Mangrum, Truitt’s opponent in the 2020 superintendent’s race, raised the concern in NC Voices for Public Schools, a Facebook […]
National reckoning on race runs into resistance from NC conservatives
The recent rise in social justice activism and the national debate over "critical race theory" have struck a nerve in Surry County, a Republican stronghold in the northwestern foothills of North Carolina. Members of the county's board of commissioners are outraged that America is undergoing what many others say is a long overdue racial reckoning, much of it brought on by police shootings of unarmed Black citizens.
Catherine Truitt to bring conservative leanings to superintendent’s post
Republican Catherine Truitt rode a conservative wave across North Carolina on Tuesday to become the state’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction. The chancellor of Western Governors University North Carolina defeated UNC-Greensboro professor Jen Mangrum with 51 percent of the vote. Truitt will bring solid conservative credentials to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the […]
Election 2020: Gov. Cooper wins reelection, margins tight in several Council of State contests
Democrat Roy Cooper was reelected governor Tuesday, fighting back a challenge from Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest who made Cooper’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic a centerpiece of his campaign. In the end, voters rewarded Cooper’s steady leadership during the ongoing crisis while rejecting Forest’s call for a quicker reopening of businesses and schools.
State Superintendent Mark Johnson doesn’t support May 1 teacher protest march
State Superintendent Mark Johnson didn’t attend last year’s teacher protest march and rally for higher pay and more school funding. And he isn’t likely to make it to the second march planned for May 1. Johnson, a Republican elected in 2016, said in a statement Thursday that he can’t support a protest that “forces schools […]
A fourth Democrat wants to become Superintendent of Public Instruction. See who threw their hat into the ring.
Contending North Carolina deserves better leadership than it’s getting from Mark Johnson, Jen Mangrum, a professor in the School of Education at UNC-Greensboro, announced Monday that she will enter the race to become the state’s next superintendent of public instruction. “Under current leadership, we have watched elected officials make decisions in their own self-interest, on […]
State Board: Jen Mangrum can challenge Phil Berger in midterm elections
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger will have a challenger on the ballot this November. The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement voted along party lines Thursday to overturn a residency challenge removing Jen Mangrum from the race against one of the state’s most influential politicians, Berger. The Greensboro News & Record reports that […]
Thursday: Board of Elections to hear appeal from Berger challenger
The state Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement could decide Thursday if Jen Mangrum was rightfully disqualified from her attempt to unseat Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham). As previously reported by NC Policy Watch’s Billy Ball, Mangrum’s residency in Berger’s district was challenged by Republicans and a panel of election officials from Berger’s Senate […]
Jen Mangrum, challenger to Sen. Phil Berger, gets July 12 appeal before state elections board
Jen Mangrum, a college professor and former elementary school teacher, says she has a July 12 appeal date in her bid to challenge Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger this fall. Mangrum, a Democrat, is seeking to remain a candidate in Senate District 30. The seat’s currently held by Berger, a nine-term lawyer and Republican […]