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Chair of N.C. education board named governor's education adviser

Posted September 15, 2010

— Gov. Bev Perdue has named the chairman of the State Board of Education to posts in which he will oversee the distribution of recently awarded federal funds and a panel pushing the governor's education initiatives.

Bill Harrison's official title will be the governor's adviser for education transformation.

He will oversee funds awarded to North Carolina as part of the federal "Race to the Top" grant competition. North Carolina was one of nine states that won a share of $400 million; state leaders will fund out exactly how much later this week.

Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson will oversee the day-to-day implementation of the "Race to the Top" funds.

Harrison will also serve as chairman of the Governor's Education Transformation Commission. The panel of education and business leaders was created to guide Perdue's "Ready, Set, Go!" initiative to increase literacy and math skills by third grade, the number of students performing at or above grade, and the number of students taking college courses.

"Harrison and the commission will play an integral part in achieving the goal I have set for all schools in N.C.: that every child must graduate high school with what it really takes to succeed in a career, in college or in technical training," Perdue said in a statement Wednesday.

Harrison will receive a salary of $90,000, drawn from federal funds. He will continue to serve on the state education board, for which he is paid $15 a day plus expenses.

The former superintendent of Cumberland County Schools, Harrison was appointed by Perdue in January 2009 as chairman of the State Board of Education and chief executive officer of the state Department of Public Instruction. He stepped down as CEO after courts ruled that the role undermined the constitutional authority of the state superintendent of public instruction.

Members of the State Board of Education recently re-elected him as their chairman.


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  • nccruiter Sep 16, 2010

    mmmmmmmm????? Harrison--Cumberland County--Tony Rand--Dumplin owes Rand and Basnite big time for their support and $$$$ they provided from their war chest to assure her election. They own her. Rand with state position, son and daughter in law with positions assured by political power plays. Now Harrison is another political flunky added at the behest of Rand. You good folks of NC please continue to vote as your "pappy did" and keep this slime running Nc into the ground!!!

  • lolly Sep 15, 2010

    The fix is in - again. She really does owe him, I guess.

  • davidgnews Sep 15, 2010

    "And all the teachers belong to the NEA Union,"

    Not even close, Cricket. There is no teachers union in this state.

  • incorrectfacts Sep 15, 2010

    Not surprising at all. . .

  • ncguy Sep 15, 2010

    i think he has a picture of her without any make up on...

  • 5Rs Sep 15, 2010

    This makes no sense. Overseeing the elected position that has the responsibility?

    A better overseer would be a position to oversee Governor decision-making.

  • gingerlynn Sep 15, 2010

    maydaymanny -
    He must have compromising pics of BEV!

  • maydaymanny Sep 15, 2010

    I know thousands of NC people that can advisor her for free....what does this guy have on her? WRAL please investigate.

  • affirmativediversity Sep 15, 2010


    Its not like he accomplished anything of note while Superintendent in Cumberland County and he's done even less since Bev became amoured of him!

  • too-obvious Sep 15, 2010

    bev is the biggest fake person i have ever witnessed in politics.
    i hope the n&o will investigate these stories