NC SBE’s impressive response to NCAE post

Last week, I wrote that the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) allowed “the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) to recruit members during informational sessions for those interested in National Board Certification.”

Top NC State Board of Education (SBE) officials assure me that DPI and the SBE were not aware of the activities described in the NCAE Facebook post and will take measures to ensure that it never happens again.  I believe them.  After all, alignment with the NC Association of Educators would not benefit DPI or the SBE politically, nor would it advance their policy agenda.

I sincerely appreciate the fact that SBE leaders addressed my concerns quickly and unequivocally.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

Reader Comments

  • edgarpage

    Terry,

    WHY do we have a Department of Public Instruction AND a State Board of Education, and how can we get rid of what has to be massive bloat and duplication (if not outright conflict)?

  • Terry Stoops

    Good question.

    The NC Constitution (Article 9, Section 4) requires that the State Board of Education “supervise and administer the free public school system and the educational funds provided for its support…”

    The Department of Public Instruction is the administrative arm of the State Board of Education. While not constitutionally mandated, DPI carries out the policies approved by the board, laws passed by the General Assembly, and deals with whatever the feds throw our way. Appointees to the State Board of Education do not receive compensation for their service, only a small per diem to cover expenses, so they rely on DPI quite a bit.

    In recent years, lawmakers have become concerned about personnel and administrative bloat at DPI. We may see them require the agency to cut its budget further. It’s hard to say at this point.