June and I have had our share of differences through the years.  But those differences never became personal.  Most differences of opinion really shouldn’t.  In fact, “important” policy debates and political disagreements often took a backseat to a discussion of my boys’ teachers or my wife’s middle school. I always appreciated that.

Most importantly, I never doubted her sincere desire to improve public education in North Carolina.  I wish her the very best in 2017 and beyond.

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WRAL video of her farewell remarks to the N.C. State Board of Education, December 1, 2016