Mike Easley on Education

Democratic NC Governor

Get K-12 up to levels of rest of education system

We basically have four parts to education in this state, and we are leading the way in three of them. The first is early childhood development where we have a national model in Smart Start. The second is the university system. We were the first in the country to start a state-supported university, and we remain the envy of the nation today. The third is our community colleges, considered one of the most comprehensive systems in the country.

The fourth is K-12. It makes absolutely no sense that we can be a national leader in the other three categories yet lag behind in K-12. We can’t be satisfied to be a leader in most categories of education. We must be a leader in all categories of education.

We can be number one across the board. We’re making real progress. And we cannot stop now. We can’t let a budget shortfall become an education shortfall. This year, we have to break that cycle, finish the job, overcome any barrier and let those young minds flourish. We can’t make excuses.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to N. C. Legislature , Feb 19, 2001

More Pre-K; smaller classes; more teacher pay

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to N. C. Legislature , Feb 19, 2001

Use a lottery to fund elementary schools

In this tight fiscal environment, it is going to take some creative solutions to continue funding real progress in education. The truth is, North Carolina is already funding smaller classes and education improvements. Unfortunately, we’re funding them in VA and GA and soon in SC and TN. We are spending hundreds of millions of North Carolina’s dollars to build new schools in other states, while we’re packing our kids in trailers at home. We are the only state that plays the lottery and gives away the proceeds.

I want to keep North Carolina’s money in North Carolina’s schools for North Carolina’s children. Those resources could, and should, stay home. I am not saying a lottery for education is the only solution, it’s just one solution. If anyone has another way to find the $400 - $500 million for education, I am open to it. But you can’t just say “no” we’re against a lottery-finish the sentence-tell me what you’re for, because next year 100,000 five-year olds will show up at the schoolhouse door.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to N. C. Legislature , Feb 19, 2001

Improve and invest in public schools.

Easley is a member of the Democratic Governors Association:

Principles of the Democratic Governors Association:


Democratic Governors are leading the way with highly-trained teachers, strong standards and accountability, increased funding to repair and modernize public school facilities, access to technology and computers, and more discipline and safety in the classrooms. Democratic Governors believe the most important aspect to insure a child’s education is to have the best possible teachers in the classroom. They believe that we must value teachers as professionals, encourage their development to be the best teachers they can be for our children and compensate them accordingly. Democratic Governors favor greater parental choice, but oppose measures that weaken public schools diverting taxpayer dollars to private schools with no accountability for results. Democratic Governors around the country are also forming innovative public-private partnerships to create programs to provide early childhood education, nutrition and health care services to ensure that our children have the best possible start in life.

Source: DGA website, www.DemocraticGovernors.org/ 01-DGA2 on Aug 15, 2001

Other governors on Education: Mike Easley on other issues:
NC Gubernatorial:
Bev Perdue
NC Senatorial:
Kay Hagan
Richard Burr

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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