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FIRST ON 3: Gov. Perdue coming to Wilmington to talk budget and education

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Gov. Bev Perdue today will meet with education leaders in Wilmington. Her office says the governor will brief leaders on the impact of the proposed budget and ask for their input on what budget cuts will mean for education in New Hanover County.

Chancellor Rose Mary DePaolo will host the governor's visit to UNCW's nursing school at 4 p.m.

Earlier today Perdue and state education leaders said a new outside report on graduation rates is proof North
Carolina is moving its public schools in the right direction.

Education Week magazine released a report saying North Carolina's high school graduation rate is higher than the national average and showed the second greatest percentage improvement of any state from 1998 to 2008.

Perdue says the news should throw cold water on Republicans who have said the state's education system is broken. She says the GOP-led Legislature's budget currently on her desk cuts education too deep.

The Education Week report calculated North Carolina's graduation rate at almost 73 percent in 2008.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Is this the same Bev that

Is this the same Bev that tapped $35 million out of the N.C. EDUCATIONAL Lottery fund last summer to pay for something besides education? I think so. It's public record, yall don't have to take my word for it. It amazes me she fights for education on one hand and raids the education lottey fund with the other. Teachers wake up at election time!!!

The same

I believe she is also the same Governor that took gas tax money and put in the general fund as well?

Gov Perdue

This Governor is totally one dimensional and that dimension is purely education. While education is very important, there are many other items to be considered in the state budget. She seems totally void of ideas on how to balance the budget other than raising taxes.

In the past the legislature

In the past the legislature used that stimulus money to balance the state budget. They have done it time and time again, using one-time money to pay recurring expenses. The Democrats have over the years refused to make the hard choices that should have been made, and so the fiscal snowball now laying on Perdue's desk in the form of the proposed budget has to be dealt with.

She and the Democrats have no one to blame but themselves. They continue to cry the blues about cuts to education, and have not produced one single idea on how to avoid those cuts OTHER than to allow the one-cent sales tax to continue. The Republicans are NOT going to let that happen.

And what about other state agencies that are having to deal with cuts and layoffs? This is not just affecting schools you know.

Why is no major media outlet....

...covering the impact of expiring federal stimulus money on educational cuts?

Why can't Perdue and the Democrats admit that the weak-sister Republicans have given in to almost every demand she's made regarding the budget?

Another Liberal whose lips are moving, so you know she's lying.

When are people like you,

When are people like you, self-proclaimed flag bearers for commonsense, going to wake up and see that the problem is so much bigger than liberal versus conservative. Oh, and the above "lips moving" comment shows your true level of sense and intelligence.

No, it *IS* all about Liberal vs. Conservative...

...or to put it bluntly, those who want to ignore the Constitution and destroy America, versus those who think this was a pretty fine country and would like to return to some sense of equal treatment under law and fiscal solvency.

You can sugar coat it if you want to, but I call it as I see it.

You....

might need glasses.

You might want

to remove the rose colored glasses.

Every time she or Mike Easley wanted to fund some ridiculous project, or circumvent the law which requires a balanced budget, the Educational Lottery gets hit.

Fact.

Which state owes the Federal Government $2.4 Billion which was borrowed to fund a grossly mismanaged Medicaid program? Which same state begins paying $143 Million annually to the Federal Government, this upcoming fiscal year, for that borrowed money?

Fact

Which Governor panders to the NC Educators to thank them for the $2 million they contributed to her last campaign?

Fact

Which Governor publicly stated it was unfair to require entitlement recipients to return $34 million paid them which they were not entitled to?

We can go on.

She has no grasp of leadership. She will do or say anything to pander to the educators who funded her last campaign.