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Editorial: Governor Easley’s preemptive move to boost education funding is a dramatic, and appropriate, response to a judge’s order

July 26, 2002
Economics and FinanceState & Local
The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC

As legislators ponder and ponder and ponder some more on how to close a $1.5 billion shortfall in the state budget, a more immediate deadline looms: A judicial order to answer the needs of children at risk of failure in the state’s public schools. Governor Easley on Wednesday offered his answer in the form of a $54 million plan to expand his More at Four preschool program for 4-year-olds and to hire more teachers to reduce class sizes.