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Perdue pitches NC strengths for federal grants


RALEIGH, NC (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue is returning to Washington with what she believes is an improved application to land a federal education grant of up to $400 million.

Perdue and state education leaders head to the nation's capital Tuesday to show a review panel North Carolina deserves its share of $3.4 billion available through the Education Department's "Race to the Top" competition.

North Carolina is one of 19 finalists in this second round of running for the federal education grants. The state also was a finalist in the first round but scored well off the pace of winners Tennessee and Delaware.

Perdue got the Legislature in May to create more options to try to fix repeatedly failing public schools to help boost the application.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Rumor has it

she took an organ to grind and a monkey with tamborines to dance.

She still does not get the message. You can not spend more than you take in.

She's helped build a house of cards built on borrowed money and growing deficits to be addressed "tomorrow".

It's already reported the $500,000,000 in Meicaid payments, which the Legislature and she used in developing the current budget, has been reduced to $300,000,000. Guess they have to address that shortfall sooner rather than later.

Now this. What happens if she fails to bring home the "pork" as she has failed to deliver to date?

And is this the only solution she & the state can come up with to address the problems in schools which have repeated problems in helping students succeed? Throw more borrowed money at it and hope that fixes the problem? It has not worked in the past; why think it will work now?

Hold parents accountable for their youngster's behavior. Throw the unruly element out of school; send them to county juvenile center facility schools if they can not behave and allow those who are there for an education to get one.

Put teachers & administrators on a performance based compensation program. Your students succeed; advance; and make progress in school -- you get rewarded. Make the business of education a business with rewards for those who deliver and other career opportunities for those who can not.

Perdue visit to Washington

This is all well and good, but the Governor should spend more time trying to create jobs in the private sector instead of having her hand out for the public sector all the time. She is very one dimensional.