Mark Johnson Elon Poll: NC Teachers Don't Want State To Arm Their Colleagues By Rebecca Martinez • Mar 8, 2018 Elon Poll North Carolina teachers do not want their colleagues — not even trained ones — to carry guns in school, according to a new Elon University Poll. NC Supreme Court To Hear State Board Of Education vs. State Superintendent By Liz Schlemmer • Feb 6, 2018 Dave DeWitt / WUNC The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear a case Wednesday over a power struggle between Republican State Superintendent Mark Johnson and the Republican-led State Board of Education. Shortly after Johnson's election in 2016, the General Assembly passed a law to shift powers from the governor-appointed board to the superintendent. Fight For Control Over NC Public Schools Pits Republican Against Republican By Jess Clark • May 15, 2017 Jess Clark / WUNC In June, a panel of North Carolina judges will hear a case that pits Republican against Republican in a power struggle over who should steer the Department of Public Instruction. Q&A: NC Superintendent Wants To Give Schools 'Flexibility' By Jess Clark • May 11, 2017 NC Public Schools State Superintendent Mark Johnson's first months leading North Carolina Public Schools has been marked by a legal battle over just how much power his office should have. It's a lawsuit that pits Republican against Republican.