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Governor Easley Launches New Program Designed To Make 'Education First' In State

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RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley launched his new education program Monday. The Education First task force is made up of educators, parents, business, and community leaders who want North Carolina schools to be the best in the nation.

Easley told the task force that the state will move forward by focusing on top performance, not just a sound basic education. The group is charged with finding a way to create a superior education.

"Basically, we're looking at three things: What are our best schools doing, how can we use our money better and how can we prepare our students so after their 13 years of education, they're ready to move on and do what they want to do," he says.

The task force will give its recommendations to the state legislature in the short session in January.