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Perdue promotes plan for student prep

Posted January 13, 2010 4:01 a.m. EST
Updated January 13, 2010 3:09 p.m. EST

— Gov. Beverly Perdue outlined a plan to better prepare North Carolina students for college and careers Wednesday morning at a combined meeting of the State Board of Education, University of North Carolina Board of Governors and State Board of Community Colleges in Kannapolis.

“Every kid – no matter where he or she lives in North Carolina – must graduate from high school with what it really takes to succeed in a career, in a two- or four-year college or technical training,” the governor said.

Perdue's plan, called "Ready, Set, Go," comprises three steps, focused on three significant milestones in a student's education.

The governor wants to increase the number of students who can read, write and do math by the end of third grade; increase the number of students who perform at or above grade level; and increase the number of students who take some college courses, either while still in high school or after graduation.

Perdue said education, business and religious leaders must all work together to improve the state's high school graduation rate and prepare students for college or a career.

Perdue told reporters she hopes federal stimulus money and reallocating some resources will help fund her initiative.