Sunday, March 24, 2019

North Carolina: Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board recall suspended after chairwoman resigns

Following the resignation of Chairwoman Margaret Samuels, petitioners have suspended the recall attempt against Board Members James Barrett and Pat Heinrich over a decision to make one existing school a Mandarin language magnet school.

If petitioners get back into the fight, they would need 10% of turnout in 30 days to get on the ballot. The recall would be filled by appointment and all three are up for reelection in the fall (one is running for state school superintendent in 2020 instead).

Chapel-Hill is one of only two school boards to allow recalls in the state (the law was passed in 1993). Also of note is that 24 North Carolina cities allow for recalls.

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