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DPI Superintendent Mark Johnson taps another former McCrory staffer

N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson

North Carolina’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction is again turning to some old faces to implement his vision for school administration.

Johnson’s office announced Wednesday that the new Republican superintendent hired Chloe Gossage, a former policy director for ex-Gov. Pat McCrory, to act as his top legislative liaison and chief budget advisor.

Before working in McCrory’s office, Gossage worked for six years in the legislature’s fiscal research division and for two years at the Administrative Office of the Courts. She was also a former staffer at the conservative Civitas Institute. Here’s a somewhat dated opinion piece from Gossage on her vision for education reform back in 2008.

“I am excited that Chloe is bringing such tremendous legislative, budget and policy experience to our team, and she will be instrumental in furthering my goal of transparency in school finance,” Johnson said in a statement.

As Policy Watch noted in January, Johnson has already added a pair of former McCrory staffers to his office.

As is often the case during a political transition, the DPI superintendent’s office has been in a state of flux since Johnson took over for longtime Democratic superintendent June Atkinson in January. Meanwhile, Johnson is entangled in a pending lawsuit with the State Board of Education over expanded DPI hiring and firing powers given to him by the Republican-controlled legislature in December.

State board members, who are also Republican, have blasted that law as “unconstitutional.”  

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