posted on October 25, 2011 09:22
Governor Perdue reached across the Pacific to Washington last week to make a point that signals her 2012 strategy: Republicans are hurting education.
While she was in China, her office sent a letter to Senators Hagan and Burr endorsing “The Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act.”
She wrote that the bill, which went down to predictable defeat, “would provide $900.3 million to support 13,400 teacher jobs in North Carolina. In addition to improving our schools by putting more teachers back in the classroom, these funds would provide a much-need boost to our economy in the short term by putting food on the table for thousands of working families.”
She took a shot at North Carolina Republicans: “The General Assembly forced deep and unnecessary cuts to North Carolina’s educational budget earlier this year….School districts across the state are feeling the pain, and that pain will only worsen next year when the federal Education Jobs Act money expires.”
Here’s the political caucus. A key undecided group for 2012 is women, especially mothers with young children. They acutely feel the economic pain. They’re disappointed in Obama. They’re also concerned, polls show, about the future of the public schools.
Democrats have to deflect these voters’ disappointment in the direction of Republicans – and tie the GOP to declining schools. And Republicans seem determined to help them.