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Republican superintendent candidate Catherine Truitt on governor’s school reopening decision

The following statement is from Catherine Truitt, Republican candidate for state Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“I am glad that with only 35 days left before school starts the Governor has finally decided to dictate to our local schools how they can reopen.

Unfortunately, he’s left them with little time to prepare and more questions than answers. What will parents do for child care? How can we afford this? What will transportation options be? Where do we find the space and the supplies needed to make this work? How do we keep teachers and staff safe? And those are just the tip of the iceberg. Sadly, all of these questions could have either been answered or avoided if the Governor had done the right thing weeks ago and let local officials decide what is best for their schools, their staff, and their students.

“Instead, the Governor has given local schools a one size fits all solution with permission to use a pair of safety scissors to try to make it fit. This just won’t work. It won’t for schools, for teachers, for staff, for parents, and, most importantly, it won’t work for students.”

Catherine Truitt

Catherine Truitt is the North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction.