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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.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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