Gov. Perdue fights for education

Gov. Bev Perdue fought for public education this [past] week while the North Carolina House adopted a budget proposal that would have a devastating effect on North Carolina’s future.

Gov. Perdue rallied with educators, visited schools and urged the General Assembly to consider the generational damage the House budget would cause to the state’s children and future workforce. Gov. Perdue noted the budget came during National Teacher Appreciation week.

“We celebrate our teachers because they are the men and women responsible for preparing our future workforce – for ensuring that the people of North Carolina remain competitive, sharp, innovative and smart,” Gov. Perdue said. “But, under the House budget passed this week – a vote taken without bringing educators to the negotiating table – North Carolina’s classrooms, colleges, teachers and children will become the victims of some staggering cuts.”

At Southest Raleigh Magnet High School, Gov. Perdue visited with students and teachers who said they were concerned about legislative budget cuts. Strong schools lead to a globally competitive workforce, which helps the state attract and retain business and industry.

Gov. Perdue noted the state’s legacy of investing in education, which helped transform North Carolina from an agrarian society into a high-tech, 21st century economy.

“There’s been no governor in history who’s walked away from that responsibility, and you’re not looking at the first,” she said. “I’ll work with them, I’ll try to come to compromise, but at the end of the day I’m not going to be a part of crippling education.”

As the House was finishing it’s work on the budget proposal, Gov. Perdue’s office received an e-mail from a mother in Chapel Hill. She had included a letter written by her six-year-old daughter, Amelia.