Gov. Roy Cooper Declares 'State of Emergency' Over Public Education
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) said he's "declaring a state of emergency" on Monday over public education in the state.
The Details: Cooper criticized several Republican-sponsored bills promoting school choice. His official governor's office website features a "Public Education Crisis" page, and details how residents can "contact your state legislators and ask them to protect our public schools."
Key Quotes: “It’s clear that the Republican legislature is aiming to choke the life out of public education," said Cooper in a recorded speech, "There's no Executive Order, like with a hurricane or pandemic, but it's no less important."
For Context: The North Carolina Republican Party has a legislative super majority, and its leaders are negotiating a state budget for the next two years. Their spending plan can be adopted without Copper's support, even as he holds public events across the state. Cooper is arguing against GOP plans for tax cuts and increased funding for private school vouchers.
How the Media Covered It: The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) highlighted how Cooper "pointed out it was not an official order" and "called on residents to encourage their legislators to reject a spate of GOP-backed education bills." Other sources, from Fox News (Right) to local media, didn't mention that distinction, and framed Cooper's declaration as more official. Right-rated sources focused more on critics who said Cooper's comments resembled government overreach.
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