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Perdue getting out for N.C. budget on education

Posted June 16, 2009 4:57 p.m. EDT
Updated June 16, 2009 6:49 p.m. EDT

— Gov. Beverly Perdue plans to outline her education priorities at several rallies that likely will pressure fellow Democrats in the House and Senate who are beginning budget negotiations.

The first event is Wednesday morning in Raleigh, with another in the afternoon in Greensboro. Other events will be in Charlotte, Asheville and Greenville over the next week.

"Folks and schools across the state need to understand that I'm going to protect the classroom," Perdue said. "I intend to do this, and I think the General Assembly will join me in that battle."

Legislators are trying to finalize a two-year budget plan they'll present to Perdue for her signature.

The events contrast the negotiating style of former Gov. Mike Easley, who rarely went on the road to push his agenda, let alone his budget views.

Perdue will be joined at the Raleigh rally by State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison and North Carolina Community College System President Scott Ralls.