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Gov. Cooper visits New Bern to tout education, state budget

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NEW BERN, Craven County - Governor Roy Cooper made a stop in New Bern Friday. He visited Excel Learning Center to speak with teachers about early education and his proposed state budget.

"Let's put our money where our trust is, let's put our investments into pubic education in North Carolina and that has to include child care and pre-K," Cooper said.

The Governor's goal is to make North Carolina a top-10 educated state by 2025. He believes a way to get there is through early education. In his budget, he wants to eliminate the current backlog of at risk 4-year-olds by funding nearly 4,700 additional pre-kindergarten slots over two years.

Members of the Craven County Board of the Education also met with the governor at the school and many supported his plan.

"Children who begin kindergarten who did not have pre-k and did not have that enrichment process, they start off behind and there is a great study that says students who start off behind, they can grow, but can they catch up?" said David Hale, the Chairman of Craven County Board of Education.

Cooper's budget will now be submitted to the North Carolina General Assembly for discussion.

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