Field of candidates grows for state school supt.

John Tedesco (L) and Rick Glazier (R)

January 26, 2012 6:03:58 PM PST
Two people on opposite sides of the political spectrum want to be North Carolina's next state school superintendent.

Rick Glazier, the minority whip in the state legislature, said Thursday that he will formally announce in the next couple of weeks that he's challenging June Atkinson for the state school superintendent's job.

Glazier, who was a past member and chairman of the Cumberland County School Board, said he has been an outspoken advocate for public education during his five terms in the State House.

Meanwhile, Wake County School Board member John Tedesco confirmed Thursday that he's running for state schools superintendent. He posted the announcement on his Facebook account.

Tedesco said, "Our children can no longer wait for a champion who will stand up for them over our educational bureaucrats."

Tedesco said teachers need support and real leadership.

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