Under the Dome

NC education board huddles with its lawyers over law limiting its powers

The State Board of Education spent nearly two hours behind closed doors with its lawyers Tuesday discussing a new law that transferred many of its powers to new State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson.

Board Chairman Bill Cobey called the law an attempt to “diminish the board’s constitutional authority.”

Cobey and most of the board’s members are Republican, as is Johnson. The GOP-controlled legislature voted to shift many of the board’s responsibilities to Johnson.

Board members left the meeting without comment. As the legislature was considering the law last, week, Cobey said the board may sue over it.

Cobey issued a statement after Tuesday’s closed session that said the board would meet again before Jan. 1 “to decide how to proceed.”

Lynn Bonner: 919-829-4821, @Lynn_Bonner