Schools chief accused of sending texts for political gain

NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson visits Union Elementary School in Brunswick County on September 26, 2019 (Photo: Lakeeda Johnson/WWAY)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s State Schools Superintendent has been accused of using a database to send hundreds of thousands of text messages and emails for political gain.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday that multiple ethics complaints have been filed against State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson.

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Johnson sent 540,000 text messages and 800,000 email messages that he accessed from a state database to voice his opposition to the “Common Core” educational standards.

Johnson’s opposition to the standards is a major part of his campaign for lieutenant governor.