quainted with the way a session of the General Assembly would use up every particle of energy and drive of an executive. I confess now, however, that I must be a little older--I almost said less vigorous--than I was eight years ago when I had my last tussle with the General Assembly. One does pay for two months of unending nervous strain which a governor must go through with from January to March every two years.
As I thought about the meeting of your association here and realized the potential importance of the work of the superintendents to my administration, and to the educational and social well-being of North Carolina, I told the state superintendent that I wished to accept his invitation, and, as the chief executive of the state of North Carolina, to speak a word of welcome to you today.
I shall not tell you that I believe in public education for all children, or that I believe in the public school system and its leadership in North Carolina. Many of you heard and read my inaugural address, and those who did not, but who know anything of me--of my make-up and my ideals--know full well that I could not be any other kind of person.
Neither shall I undertake to explain to you in any detail the technical meaning of the school bill which has just been passed by the General Assembly. Most of you have discussed it among yourselves, with the state superintendent, your representative and with your people back home. Some of you may think very well of it, others not so well. Some of you may feel that section 7 takes precedence over section 17, or section 21 over section 11. I do not know anything about that. I do know that if I can read correctly the group mind or will of the Legislature, which has just gone home, it was not a body of men hostile to public education, or to our schools, or to you as administrators of our schools.