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Democratic superintendent candidate Jen Mangrum on governor’s school reopening decision

The following statement by Jen Mangrum, Democratic candidate for state Superintendent of Public Instruction, was released by the North Carolina Democratic Party.


“I applaud the prudence and leadership Governor Cooper showed today in unveiling his plan for reopening our public schools. ‘Plan B’ puts in place clear safety standards to protect our students, educators, and staff while giving local school leaders the leeway they need to make preparations and choices that best suit the needs of every district. As the Governor said today, the situation can change quickly and we must continue to be vigilant and make the necessary adjustments to this plan based on the science and the facts.” 

Jen Mangrum

Dr. Jen Mangrum is a native North Carolinian and the daughter of two elementary school teachers. Jen studied Elementary Education at UNC-Wilmington before obtaining her Masters in Early Childhood Education from East Carolina University. Jen spent fourteen years teaching elementary in Onslow and Guilford Counties, then continued on to receive her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC-Greensboro. In 2004, Jen started the Elementary Education program at NC State University. Jen is now a professor at UNCG, preparing future teachers in the School of Education. She is now candidate for state superintendent of public instruction.