The N&O doesn't often take unambiguous stands on its editorial page, but today is a welcome exception. Steve Ford and company deserve a pat on the back for this excellent commentary on the politics of education:
It should be clear that allowing motivated, capable young people to continue their education benefits both them and the public at large. Those young people already are entitled, reasonably, to attend public elementary and secondary schools. What's the point of denying them a chance to continue along the academic path? After all, most of them are here in the first place because they were brought by parents. Punishing them for a situation not of their making seems both unfair and counterproductive to society.
Roy Cooper blew this, as Graig quickly observed in his post earlier this week. Easley has stepped in, to his credit, to make it clear that he stands for opportunity and fairness. Perdue now has the chance to clarify her own position, to show she's both more enlightened and more pragmatic than Pat McCrory.