Wake County school board vice chairman John Tedesco may find himself overseeing all of the state's public schools.
In a statement today, Tedesco said that he will decide after New Year’s Day whether to run in 2012 for state Schools Superintendent. It could pave the way for a battle between Tedesco and state Schools Superintendent June Atkinson or state Rep. Rick Glazier, who has announced he’s considering running for the position.
“While there are several opportunities for me to consider right now, at this time my focus is my coming wedding, continued service to the children of Wake County, and sharing the holidays with family and friends,” Tedesco said today in a written statement. “In the beginning of the new year I will evaluate further.”
Tedesco has been building up his education credentials. He was named president and CEO of the recently formed N.C. Center for Education Reform.
With Democrats sweeping the five school board seats on this fall's ballot, Tedesco faces being in the board minority for the rest of his term that expires 2013.
Democrats could actually wind up with a 7-2 majority next year if Tedesco and fellow Republican board member Chris Malone, who will seek a state House seat, both win state office. Any vacancies would be filled by the other school board members,