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Lt. Gov. Dalton unveils education platform for Campaign 2012

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Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton unveiled his education platform early Wednesday in Wilmington, just hours before the debate. The 18-page proposal emphasizes linking education to skills and curricula that will allow students to get high-demand jobs.

Dalton wants to expand early college high schools to all 100 counties, and give in-state tuition to more veterans. Teacher salaries would go up incrementally to match the national average. The plan would cost more than $600 million in the first year, but Dalton's campaign says it would not require higher taxes.

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory unveiled his education platform in March. He promoted his longstanding emphasis on vocational education, and said he would push for two types of high school diplomas – one that certifies a student is college ready, and another that certifies a student is ready for a career. He said education and economics must work together.

McCrory's platform also includes rewarding the best teachers with higher pay (pay for performance), and expanding the state's online education system. McCrory has not said how he would pay for the plan.

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