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Perdue to take education funding fight to people

Posted January 30, 2012
Updated January 31, 2012

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue says she plans to get all of North Carolina in her corner as she presses Republican lawmakers for more school funding.

Perdue decided last week not to run for re-election this fall so she could focus her energies on increasing state spending on public schools, including a possible 0.75-cent increase to the state sales tax rate.

"This is going to be a discussion that I'm going to take to the people of North Carolina," Perdue said Sunday in an exclusive one-on-one interview with WRAL News anchor David Crabtree.

"I intend to use the bully pulpit like I've never used it before," she said. "I'm going to make it clearly apparent that we're the grown-ups in this, and it's up to us to decide if North Carolina is going to go forward or backward."

The former teacher said she had to remove herself from the campaign process so school funding didn't become a "political wedge issue."

"This isn't Republican-Democrat. I hope that every Republican out there thinks about this. I hope every Democrat and independent thinks about it," she said.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly slashed millions in school spending last summer in an effort to erase a budget deficit, and lawmakers allowed a temporary one-cent increase to the sales tax rate to expire.

Perdue and Democrats in the legislature lobbied unsuccessfully for extending the tax to avoid deep spending cuts. 

"You cannot have a school system work without resources," Perdue said. "You must have qualified teachers, you must have teaching assistants, and you're desperately in need of good principals."

She said she will use her veto power as needed to keep the legislature in check and push her education agenda through the General Assembly.

"If, at the end of the day, this bunch in charge in Raleigh decides not to invest in our schools, then the people are going to know that," she said.

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  • loprestw Feb 1, 2012

    Maybe she should stop taking the money out of the education lottery to pay medicaid and old Boyles his giant paycheck and put it back into education. We pay some of the higest taxes in the Country and state tax, I guess if your rich a few extra dollars in more taxes won't hurt.

  • myprayers Feb 1, 2012

    I think the people of NC have lost faith in you so there is nothing left to be said. Don't believe any of it.Sorry!

  • Plenty Coups Jan 31, 2012

    "Public "welfare" education is no different than the people who are on welfare and receiving food stamps. The money is coming out of the pocket of other taxpayers."

    LOL. You're out there. You should move to Antarctica. There is no successful country in the world without a public school system.

  • superman Jan 31, 2012

    Governor and parents--education should be funded like toll roads. The people who use the system should be responsible for paying. Parents who cannot afford to feed and educate their children should adopt a dog or cat or maybe goldfish. Do away with the income tax deduction for dependents. In its place tax each dependent $1,500. Public "welfare" education is no different than the people who are on welfare and receiving food stamps. The money is coming out of the pocket of other taxpayers. We have to pay more in taxes to support education that the couples with children. Please go to family planning.

  • Plenty Coups Jan 31, 2012

    "Maybe she needs to support ideas that work in education such as charter schools"

    As the movie "Waiting for superman" itself points out (but doesn't conveniently stress), there are twice as many charter school failures than success stories. That's their own study. The Margaret Raymond study. I'll provide a link. Read the article and click on the link in it.

    http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2010/05/when-test-scores-no-longer-matter.html

  • Plenty Coups Jan 31, 2012

    "The only way to reign in education and get them to change is to remove more and more money and force them to change."

    LOL. Ignore the education of our youth to save a few bucks, huh? We're 49th out of 50 states in education spending! You can't argue with that.

  • Gr82bSouthern Jan 31, 2012

    Please tell me which Charter school works? I know of such horror stories when it comes to the charters in NC now. Also, Bev Perdue showed her true colors in her action as governor when she appointed Bill Harrison to head DPI which is headed by an elected official. The court sided with June Atkison but it cost the taxpayers for the court battle; and he now has tha 6 figure salary as part of his retirement.

  • myjudge45410 Jan 31, 2012

    Gov. Perdue has been from day one of her term, attacking the educators of this state. She cut teachers pay, as boneymaroney13 said she is robbing the Lottery, she has raised the insurance for teachers while dropping benefits.

    She did most of this with the help of the democrats, before the republicans took office. I have written Gov. Perdue's office multiple times about this very issue and have never received a reply, Gov. Perdue doesn't care about the N.C. people much less the education system.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 31, 2012

    The state needs to cut spending. The State needs to get out of debt and own up to its unfunded state retiree benefits. The State needs to cut sales taxes and fuel taxes. Next the State needs to add more people to the tax roles by eliminating etfc where it is handing out money it does not have to hand out. The only way to reign in education and get them to change is to remove more and more money and force them to change.

  • boneymaroney13 Jan 31, 2012

    Stop robbing the Education Lottery, Bev!!!!!

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