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Dalton unveils education plan in Wilmington

Walter Dalton unveiled his education platform, saying "great jobs grow from great schools" Walter Dalton unveiled his education platform, saying "great jobs grow from great schools"

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton says he would restore recent public education cuts, try to raise teacher salaries to the national average and give more people the ability to save or get help to attend college if he's elected North Carolina governor.

Dalton unveiled his education platform at a news conference in Wilmington on Wednesday, hours before his televised debate with Republican Pat McCrory.

"Cutting public education will only dig us deeper into an economic hole," Dalton said in a release posted on his campaign website. "We didn't close our public schools or fire a single teacher during the Great Depression and we can't afford to now. As your next governor, I won't allow that to happen. If elected, I will be the public schools governor North Carolina needs to ensure that we have a strong workforce well-prepared for the jobs of the future."

The 18-page proposal emphasizes linking education to skills and curricula that will allow students to get high-demand jobs. He wants to expand early college high schools to all 100 counties and give instate tuition to more veterans. Teacher salaries would go up incrementally.

The plan costs more than $600 million in the first year. Dalton's campaign says he wouldn't seek higher sales taxes to pay for it.

Click here to see more on Dalton's plan.

Copyright 2012 WECT. The Associates Press contributed to this story.

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