While Ms. Atkinson has been comfortably nested in the Department of Public Instruction(DPI) bureaucracy for the past three-and-a-half decades, her relations with the outside world have been strained at best. She was considered so ineffective by the state school board and a governor from her own party that they attempted to replace her with an appointed official (which was only resolved after an expense lawsuit). She had wasted milllions at DPI on padded travel accounts, raises for top ranking bureaucrats, and more, while teachers across were told to buy their own supplies. She has spent much of the past two years gratuitously bashing the General Assembly, further alienating herself and limiting her effectiveness.
As Vice Chairman of the Wake County Schools System, and chairman of several key committees, John Tedesco has had to be responsible for a budget of $1.5 billion and 18,000 employees, along with over 10% of the state’s entire student body population. This is nearly four times the budget at the Department of Public Instruction that the State Superintendent deals with. John has worked closely with members of our state leadership and produced positive impact in various roles. John Tedesco is the only candidate provide accountability, leadership, and proven results to such scope and scale.
Let's end divisive partisans attempt to accuse our new state leadership of attempting to “destroy” public education anytime reforms are discussed. When we elect leaders like John Tedesco to work with our state officials we will see a clear vision to fix and improve our educational systems for all children in North Carolina.