(Raleigh News Observer) Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton said the state superintendent of public instruction should be appointed by the governor rather than elected by the voters.
“That’s a change in my position,” Dalton told a meeting of editors and reporters of The News and Observer on Monday. “I have generally respected the vote of the people.”
But Dalton said he has seen so much divided leadership on education that he thinks it would be better for the state for the position to become appointed. In doing so, Dalton follows the lead of numerous studies and commissions that have said the current system is too divided between the governor, the superintendent and the State Board of Education.
“In future years, down the road, the [state] Constitution should be changed,” he said.
Dalton, who is lieutenant governor, also said he is inclined to support legislative proposals to open the material in government personnel files to the public to disclose reasons for a person’s termination, suspension, transfer or demotion.
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