Acknowledging North Carolina's efforts to overhaul its education system to meet the demands of the 21st century, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has again given the state's high schools more than $10 million, Gov. Mike Easley announced May 23.

The latest grant of $10.4 million grant comes after an $11 million contribution from the foundation in 2003 to jump-start high school improvements, develop teacher curriculum, and offer students more relevant courses.

"This is a totally different economy today than it was five years ago," Easley said. "We have

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