Pols Talk Education in GSO Today (AP)

The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.ncsba.org/images/ncsba_logo_blue.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 2008 candidates for governor of North Carolina were in Greensboro today touting education and possible plans for reform. They all debated (both Democrats and Republicans) in front of the NC School Boards Association’s annual conference.

How did they do? Here’s a snippet from the Associated Press, via the News & Record:

The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:birBzEIRqRZF4M:http://www.claydems.org/images/BeverlyPerdue.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:GCBOy1QkNXY2uM:http://www.ncdp.org/files/richardmoore_edited-1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and state Treasurer Richard Moore, answering questions on the same stage at an educators’ meeting in Greensboro, both said they were committed to reducing the dropout rate and preparing students for high-tech jobs.

The three Republican gubernatorial candidates also debated each other before the Democrats.

“The issue that is going to be before you and the rest of the voters in choosing the new governor is going to be who do you think has got the best shot to getting that done,” Moore told more than 500 people attending the N.C. School Boards Association annual conference.

All five candidates said they were committed to improving the graduation rate, an issue that took on a sense of urgency this year after state education officials said only two-thirds of North Carolina ninth-graders earn a high-school diploma within four years.

So which theme and which proposal resonated with you? Let’s see how the Republican candidates did:

The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:7HaOZREWTis8LM:http://www.ncrepublicans.com/images/billgraham_sml.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.ncrepublicans.com/images/Orr.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The image “https://i2.wp.com/www.ncrepublicans.com/images/FredSmith_sml.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Salisbury attorney Bill Graham, former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr and state Sen. Fred Smith sounded similar themes on several topics during the hourlong debate for GOP candidates.

Graham said he believes more focus should be placed on improving middle school achievement and expanding vocational education to reduce the dropout rate. Orr talked about improving teacher quality through professional development to keep educators from leaving the classroom.

Smith kept to his business background by saying children are customers of the education system and to stop spending money on programs that aren’t working.

This is the first time I’m hearing of Graham talking up middle school curricula and vocational education improvements, something that is close to my campaign. Both Orr and Smith, in my opinion, also made good points.

Next year will be very interesting. DPI needs reform. Who is the best candidate to lead that effort?


UPDATE, 11/6/07, 4:35PM: Mark Binker at the News & Record provides good coverage from his blog, click here to go to it.

E.C. 🙂


3 Responses

  1. […] 2008 candidates for Governor were in town today.  I wish I had known!  E.C. Huey has the […]

  2. And, to top it all off today, they named Terry Grier as NC Superintendent of the Year!! The organizations credited Grier with halving the high school dropout rate to 3 percent, increasing student participation in higher-level courses and formulating an incentive plan that pays math and reading teachers extra to work in low-performing schools.

    What an honor! He gets credit for a 3% dropout rate when 30% of the students never graduate. Go figure that one. He gets credit for increasing the number of students taking AP test, when the taxpayers pay for the test, and the pass rate is abominable. He gets credit for Mission Possible, which is a program without a record of success as yet. Wonderful!

    Grier – “When you receive this kind of recognition, you like to think its not all about you…” No you don’t, Terry, it’s always about you.

    Grier – “There’s no question that I would have no business standing here tonight and getting any kind of recognition…” Absolutely right, Terry!

    “Member Kris Cooke said Grier has faced unfair criticism for controversial programs he did not propose, such as a High Point reassignment plan, and projects botched by his staff, such as cost overruns at Smith Academy.”

    Atta girl, Cookie. Let’s not let our fearless leader take any criticism for failures of the school board, nor his incompetent staff. So, what does Terry Grier get paid $250,000 to do? Look pretty? We all know that good old Terry, when faced with criticism just says “I only did what the board asked me to do”. Which is not to educate 70,000 students, obviously.

  3. Well-said, well-spoken, Stormy. This blog just continues to write itself.

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