Education was the focus of a debate Monday between the Democratic candidate, Governor Mike Easley, and his challenger, Republican candidate Patrick Ballantine.
Ballantine says Governor Easley has not made education a priority, saying the democrat has cut funding for education during his administration.
Governor Easley says Ballantine, the former Republican State Senator from Wilmington, is wrong on many education issues and hasn't come up with a plan to pay for his promises.
Easley says an education lottery would be the way to go. Ballantine calls that idea "fraudulent," saying it would only pay one percent of annual expenses.
The two also clashed over test scores. Ballantine called the state's testing system a disgrace.