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GOP NC schools chief: Tedesco, Alexander advance

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans will choose between John Tedesco and Richard Alexander this summer to challenge Democratic incumbent June Atkinson as head of North Carolina's public school system.

The GOP race for state superintendent of public instruction is headed to a runoff after Tuesday's primary because neither candidate got at least 40 percent of the vote.

Tedesco was elected to the Wake County school board in 2009 with other conservatives who later voted to scrap a decade-old busing program in the state's largest school district. Alexander lives in Monroe and is a public school teacher

Tedesco and Alexander leave behind GOP rivals Mark Crawford, Ray Ernest Martin and David Scholl.

North Carolina is one of about a dozen states that elect their chief school administrators. The state's schools teach about 1.5 million students.


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