NC Governor Continues Drumbeat on Education Money

Judy Hartnett's picture
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gov. Beverly Perdue's verbal drumbeat in support of raising additional revenues for the public schools next year could be heard at one of the big technology companies located in North Carolina Wednesday.

Perdue spoke to employees at Cisco Systems in Research Triangle Park. Perdue's office said it was the next stop on a "K-12 education tour" that Perdue began this week to build public pressure upon Republican lawmakers to repair education cuts and make up for expiring federal funds that local districts have used to hire school personnel.

The governor toured Cisco's facility and got a look at some of the cutting edge technology being produced -- a lot of it video conferencing technology.

The company provides a lot of the technology that's being used in classrooms right now. The idea is that students in high school can conference in professionals in universities or businesses for a whole new approach to education.

After the tour, Perdue talked about the importance of funding schools around the state. At times, referring to "the extreme Republican leadership" in the Legislature.

She said budget cuts to education will be like a "fatal crash for our future." She also said in a few weeks, she'll release her suggested interim budget and it will include a 3/4 cent sales tax hike, with all the money going to education.

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