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June Atkinson, North Carolina's Democratic state schools chief and the nation's longest-serving superintendent, will leave office next month after losing a re-election bid.

June Atkinson
June Atkinson

Atkinson was first elected in 2005. During her tenure, she fought to raise teacher pay and helped the state gain a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act.

She was beaten at the polls by Republican Mark Johnson, a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education, and a critic of standardized testing and the Common Core State Standards.

Vol. 36, Issue 15, Page 5

Published in Print: December 14, 2016, as Transitions
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