N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco. Photo courtesy of N.C. Dept. of Commerce.

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From the North Carolina Office of Gov. Bev Perdue, shared May 12:

RALEIGH – Gov. Perdue today announced that she and her cabinet secretaries will spend the next seven days showing how “Education Works” – visiting classrooms in public schools and community colleges around the state and talking to teachers, students and local leaders about the importance of education in our economic recovery.

The new focus follows the governor’s Jobs Tour of April, during which time she announced 4,700 new and retained jobs and a quarter billion dollars in new investment from businesses. It also comes on the heels of a state budget from the House of Representatives that proposed the largest mass layoff of education personnel in state history.

“We celebrate our teachers because they are the men and women responsible for preparing our children in a competitive global economy – for ensuring that North Carolina’s workers remain competitive, sharp, innovative and smart,” said Gov. Perdue. “I’m traveling the state to keep fighting for our educators and our education system at every level. The foundation we build for our future is too important to abandon.”

Who: Gov. Bev Perdue and Tracy Coston, principal of Belville Elementary School
What: Visit to Belville Elementary School, in Leland
When: Thursday, May 12, at 3:30 p.m.
Where: 575 River Road

Friday, May 13
Secretary of Revenue David Hoyle will visit Gaston Community College, at 201 Highway 321 South, in Dallas, at 11 a.m.

Monday, May 16
Secretary Linda Hayes, of the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will be interviewed on WFSS, 91.9 FM, Fayetteville State University’s radio station, at 8:30 a.m. in Fayetteville.
Secretary Linda A. Carlisle, of the Department of Cultural Resources, will visit Weaver Academy, 300 Spring St., in Greensboro, at 9:15 a.m. Secretary Carlisle will visit Peeler Open Elementary School for the Performing Arts, 2200 Randall St., in Greensboro, at 10:45 a.m.

N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco. Photo courtesy of N.C. Dept. of Commerce.

Tuesday, May 17
Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco will visit T.C. Roberson High School, at 250 Overlook Road, in Asheville, at 9:30 a.m. to talk to business management and information technology classes.

Wednesday, May 18
Secretary of Correction Alvin Keller will speak to an Honors, Law and Justice class at Holly Springs High School, 5329 Cass Holt Road, in Holly Springs at 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 19
Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti will visit Rocky Mount High School, 308 South Tillery Street, in Rocky Mount, at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, May 20
Secretary Reuben Young, of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, will speak at the graduation ceremony for new Alcohol Law Enforcement officers, at the Sampson Community College Auditorium, 1801 Sunset Ave., Hwy. 24 West, in Clinton, at 10 a.m.

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Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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