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Former Gov. Hunt honored for education efforts

Posted November 19, 2008 4:01 a.m. EST
Updated November 20, 2008 12:40 a.m. EST

— Former Gov. Jim Hunt was honored for driving school reform in North Carolina, and he plans to talk about what President-elect Barack Obama should do for education.

North Carolina State University honored the four-term governor on Wednesday with an award from an education innovation institute.

Hunt said last week he's not interested in becoming Obama's education secretary but wants to keep advising the new administration on education issues. Hunt had been on several lists of potential Cabinet members.

The 71-year-old Hunt was key to creating the Smart Start early childhood initiative in the 1990s. He also supported linking student test scores to teacher bonuses.

He now works for a Raleigh law firm and leads think tanks on public schools and higher education, including the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, part of the UNC system and based in Chapel Hill.