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Gov. Cooper urges state legislature to make major investments in public education

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Gov. Roy Cooper urged state legislators on Tuesday in a press release to make major investments in public education. This request came after the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released a report earlier this month showing that students across the state experienced significant learning recovery in most subjects during the 2021-22 school year.

“North Carolina students saw major learning recovery and increased test scores because of unprecedented federal funds directed to public education,” said Gov. Roy Cooper in the press release. “The impact of these funds shows that when schools have more resources, students succeed, and our state legislature must follow through with major investments in public schools and teachers to continue the momentum and ensure every child has the sound, basic education our constitution requires.”

The report highlights the significant strides in learning recovery made by North Carolina students during the 2021-22 school year, with the greatest gains in middle and high school math, according to the press release.

“North Carolina’s public schools saw an unprecedented amount of federal funding in response to the pandemic and have invested a significant amount of those funds – at least $2.3 billion – in what matters most for improving student success, including teachers and tutors to help accelerate student learning,” the press release reads.

However, these federal funds are set to expire at the end of next year, and many school districts will be facing a “fiscal cliff.” North Carolina is one of the most at-risk states in the country.

One of the governor’s major focuses in his budget proposal is education. You can read more about that here.


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