Gov. Bev Perdue has weighed in again on the Wake County school diversity fight, saying she is worried about the negative impact "The Colbert Report" segment may have on North Carolina's image.
In a meeting Thursday with the Greensboro News & Record editorial board, Perdue said she's concerned all the national publicity may cause businesses not to come to the state. She also complained that schools shouldn't "stuff all the poor kids in one school and all the rich kids in another school."
“Now, I’ll tell you, on the other question about the school system, I was unhappy we were on Colbert, watching what was YouTubed around the world," Perdue said. "I was unhappy about that and this morning I read the comments from the executive director of the Raleigh-Wake Chamber of Commerce and I read that Harvey [Schmitt] said this is not good because if this stuff keeps getting said about Raleigh and not so much Charlotte but Wake County, if you’re a business leader, you don’t want to come in to an area that schools are in disarray.”
Perdue, a critic of the Wake school board's elimination of the socioeconomic diversity policy, added that the subject of public schools typically comes up in business recruiting meetings.
"This is problematic," Perdue said. "Somebody is going to have to stand up and get real. Our state has a constitutional guarantee, it's one of the few states in the country, our constitution pledges to every child in North Carolina that we will provide them with a free, public, basic education.
That’s just a constitutional mandate. And that doesn’t mean stuff all the poor kids in one school and all the rich kids in another school.”
Perdue had also taken shots at the Wake County school system during Monday's MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast in Durham.