Perdue's Focus Includes Poorly Prepared NC Grads

Gov. Beverly Perdue says she's resolute about raising North Carolina's high school graduation rate because nearly 30 percent of the ninth-graders still don't get a diploma in four years.

But Perdue's 2010 education agenda has brought more attention to the more than 20,000 students who learn quickly the diplomas they earned aren't worth as much as they hoped.

Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina's recent graduates entering community colleges must take basic algebra, English composition or other basic courses again because they didn't learn it well enough in high school.

State education leaders say they're all on the same page with Perdue. But they know remediation efforts aren't enough for the more than 80,000 students entering their senior year annually.


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  • by Anon on Jan 20, 2010 at 04:56 PM
    Yes, Go ahead and give them a diploma. Then when they get grown you can give them everything else they need to survive. Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2010 at 01:41 AM
    lena: What part of Africa were you born in? linda: Are you a teacher? Do you not like it? Then quit. You do, lena, make a good point however. A two parent home does not a good child necessarily make. But with the taxes being raised for the first time in 8 years, they might have to quit and get a job.
  • by linda Location: windsor on Jan 18, 2010 at 07:25 PM
    Everyone at the state level should teach in NC public schools for a week. I guarantee that their know-it-all mentality would quickly disappear?
  • by lena Location: WASHINGTON on Jan 18, 2010 at 07:24 PM
    I am a single parent with a Master's in School Administration and also African American. My child has never been to the "office" unless she was calling home because she was ill. She is not on probation nor are any of her friends who are also raised by single mothers. Let's not put all of the apples in the same orchard. Stereotyping is so close to profiling and racism that it is scary. I am currently employed by a local school system and the discipline problems in my school come from just as many two-parent homes as single parent homes. Being married and raising kids doesn't make you a good parent. Setting attainable goals for your child and assisting them in reaching them is what is important. The number of parents really doesn't matter.
  • by lena Location: WASHINGTON on Jan 18, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    To: concerned teacher I graduated over 20 years ago and I needed English all four years. What public school in NC allows students to graduate with only English I and II? Or are you talking about private or homeschooling standards?
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Jan 18, 2010 at 01:20 PM
    Hope, I did not want to sound chauvinist. I am just a bit puzzled why she kept her first husbands last name but not her present husbands name. She also kept the first husbands house, car, salary and two boys.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Jan 18, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    I believe much of the problem is due to single parents having children and not being able to raise them alone. No one wants to say this or admit it. We can throw millions of dollars at public schools, but unless parents (two) are involved in the raising and nurturing of a child, and in feeding their children before coming to school, nothing's going to change. Look at your prison statistics. Many people in prison were raised by a single mother. The facts are there. But, no one wants to have an honest conversation due to political correctness. What a shame we can't be honest about the root of many of our problems.
  • by hope Location: NC on Jan 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    To Bill, Careful, YOU wouldn't want to sound like a chauvinist... Close the central offices. Put the $ in the classrooms.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Jan 18, 2010 at 09:34 AM
    The graduation is dismal because of the following, terrible leadership in the schools, tremendous overhead salaries that have nothing to do with education. Perdue was instrumental in taking away money from the education process. She even hired another top administrator which the courts said was illegal. Remember this governor will not share a room with the truth, intergrity or her present husbands last name. Quite a unique quality for a governor.
  • by Bernard Location: Greenville on Jan 18, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    The world will always need "ditch diggers" As heard on Caddy Shack... but so true!
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