On Tuesday, September 9, the major candidates in the North Carolina governor’s race met for a debate on WRAL. Around one-fifth of this debate focused on education. Both candidates avoided specific details of their own ideas for public education, but they spent plenty of time attacking each other, specifically on vouchers. The Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, botched the explanation of her opposition to vouchers and left herself open to criticism on the issue with a misleading advertisement. The Republican candidate, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, stated that striving for a higher education is “elitist”, and outline certain categories of students that should be eligible for vouchers as a relief from public schools. Let’s look at the facts.