North Carolina’s Democrat Governor Roy Cooper has declared the state’s public education system to be in a “state of emergency.”
Gov. Cooper made the move following Republicans’ recent legislative gains regarding school choice and parental rights.
During a special address, Cooper blasted GOP legislation that gives more power to parents when it comes to the upbringing of their children.
Cooper urged residents of the state to call state lawmakers’ offices and tell them that recent school choice legislation and proposed teacher raises have the potential to “choke the life out of public education,” according to the special address.
Last Wednesday, the state House passed a piece of legislation in a 65-45 vote that would make all students eligible to have the state cover nearly half the average cost of attending a private school.
“It’s clear that the Republican legislature is aiming to choke the life out of public education,” Cooper said in a press release.