"Some want our 100th anniversary to be a going-out-of-business event, and the truth is — we would if we could," Barber said. "In order for us to stop now, we'd have to be blind, deaf and in need of de-fibrillation." See coverage in the Hickory Record.
Earlier in the conference, Governor Beverly Perdue exhorted the delegates to prepare children for the future. "In our new world, it is unacceptable that three of 10 freshmen don't graduate" from high school she said Friday. Full coverage.
The conference also addressed the achievement gap between black and white students.Statewide, blacks scored 53.2 percent on end-of-course exams for the 2008-09 school year. That same year, white students scored 81 percent. More.
For full convention coverage, see the Wilmington Journal article.