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Chris Fitzsimon: Stand firm, governor

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Gov. Beverly Perdue says she will not be the governor who goes backward on education. That's what she told the Asheville Citizen-Times editorial board this week in a visit to western North Carolina.

Perdue said the rhetoric she is hearing from the General Assembly “bothers me tremendously” because she doesn't believe you can cut 20,000 teachers and teacher assistants or do major damage to community college or the university system because it doesn't make sense.

The morning after Perdue made the remarks the education appropriations subcommittee pored over a list of possible cuts in its quest to find $760 million more in budget reductions than Perdue recommended in the education budget she presented to lawmakers last month.

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