NC governor adds school board pick, sidestepping opponents

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Democratic governor is getting one of his top choices for the statewide school board, sidestepping Republican legislators who blocked the effort.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday he appointed J.B. Buxton of Raleigh to the state Board of Education. Cooper had nominated Buxton 16 months ago, but he was rejected by the Republican-dominated General Assembly in June.

Cooper named Buxton, Jill Camnitz of Greenville and former state teacher of the year James Ford of Charlotte to fill positions left vacant after three of former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's picks stepped down early.

The terms expire in March, but two other school board members have stayed in their roles more than a year after their stints ended because legislators blocked their successors.

Camnitz also took her school board seat Wednesday.

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