Ann McColl

Ann McColl has led The Innovation Project since 2017. She is an attorney and has worked in the field of education law and policy since graduating from the UNC Law School in 1991. Her positions include legislative director for the State Board of Education, general counsel for the North Carolina Association of School Administrators and the North Carolina School Superintendents Association, general counsel for the North Carolina Association of Educators, and legal counsel and director of policy for the North Carolina School Boards Association. She also has served as associate professor of educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Education, visiting faculty at the School of Government, and adjunct faculty for the UNC School of Education and UNC School of Law. Ann has shared versions of Constitutional Tales with audiences across North Carolina since 2007.

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Next steps after a 4-3 vote

Editor’s Note: As a reminder to our readers, Ann McColl is an attorney and was a part of the litigation...

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Dealing with obstreperous board members

On Tuesday — the first day of a three-day hearing on the State plan to address constitutional deficiencies in providing a...

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Why a co-equal independent judiciary matters

For the last two weeks, I have focused on two court cases that raise fundamental governance issues of the constitutional...

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More arguments on power

Last week I wrote about Berger v. McCrory and the oral arguments before the North Carolina Supreme Court – a...

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Arguments far apart

The oral arguments at the North Carolina Supreme Court on Tuesday make clear that North Carolina’s governors and the highest...

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Eruption of democracy

When the Moore County School Board voted 5-3 to unilaterally terminate Superintendent Dr. Bob Grimesey’s contract, there was an eruption...

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Game on South Carolina

Yes, South Carolina, you beat our legislators in basketball. Yes, South Carolina, you seem to have a winning strategy for teacher...

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Career status upheld

The North Carolina Court of Appeals held on Tuesday that the General Assembly cannot take career status away from teachers...

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The opposite of loneliness

We are in that space between college and high school graduations. It is hard not to feel that bending arc,...

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Sorting through book controversies

Media coverage of the book controversy in Orange County, North Carolina has made its way across the country to Orange...

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Solving employment law riddles

May brings flowers, Mother’s Day and college graduations. It also brings recommendations from superintendents to local boards of education for...

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Moving forward with great programs

Teaching in education leadership programs is without question one of the most rewarding things I do. Having just completed the...