At first glance, reading Gov. Bev Perdue’s announcement that she is not seeking re-election, the average North Carolinian should be forgiven for thinking that Bev Perdue is the cause of partisanship in her state. In her own words,
. . . it is clear to me that my race for re-election will only further politicize the fight to adequately fund our schools. A re-election campaign in this already divisive environment will make it more difficult to find any bipartisan solutions.
Her goal is
“making sure that our schools and schoolchildren do not continue to be the victims of shortsighted legislative actions and severe budget cuts inflicted by a legislative majority with the wrong priorities.”
Does the Governor mean that only her campaign is partisan? Does she mean that her campaign is more partisan than election campaigns of other candidates? After all, she is talking about running for political office – it’s going to be partisan, regardless of the candidates.
Indeed, fighting for adequate funding to our schools is a cause, and it is worthy of political discourse, media attention, volunteer hours, and charitable donations.
Is it a cause, however, to cease one’s political ambitions?
Perhaps the real cause of Perdue’s Palin-style I’ll-be-more-useful-out-of-office exit out of the political trenches has more to do with her low poll numbers. Another likely cause is the campaign finance indictments that have tarnished Perdues record. Or is it that North Carolina’s unemployment rate of roughly 10%, which is higher than the national average (US Bureau of Labor Statistics), that bothers NC residents the most?
To her credit, Perdue did finish serving her term, whereas the governor of Alaska just decided to . . .
Winning the Broad Prize is an positive indicator that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have been making strides in student performance. However, the systemic problems of teacher, budget, and performance shortfalls have not disappeared. The school system needs from residents, administrators, and government officials every ounce of dedication and service. Just not lip service.