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Former Governor Easley on Learn and Earn

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 10:34 AM

Michael Shaughnessy from published an interesting, albeit sound bitey, interview with Mike Easley describing the Learn and Earn program.

Some notable quotes:

High school diploma virtually useless:

"Kids are smart and they understand that a high school diploma isnít going to get them very far. The idea was to convince students that you have to learn more to earn more and that college was indispensable to their future."
Increased cost and bureaucracy, mixed results, not acknowledged:
"There is no downside to the early college strategy. Period."
Was Easley North Carolina's first school choice governor?
"I see this as one of our countryís first major innovations that change the way we deliver education to ensure more students receive the knowledge and skills they need to compete today. It also represents an approach to education that recognizes that one-size does not fit all and we need to be ready to create different pathways to success for our students."

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