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The following is a press release from the North Carolina Association of Educators

RALEIGH, N.C. –The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) today endorsed Roy Cooper for governor.  NCAE is the state’s largest education association representing active and retired teachers, other education professionals and student members.

“Roy Cooper is a champion for public education,” said NCAE President Rodney Ellis. “As attorney general, as a state lawmaker, and now as a candidate for governor, he is a strong advocate for all students having the opportunity for a quality public education, for ensuring educators have the resources and support to be successful, and for returning North Carolina to its rightful spot as a leader in public education.”

Roy Cooper’s belief in a strong public education system began at an early age.  His mother, Beverly, was a public school teacher and NCAE member.  As Senate Majority leader he championed the effort to raise teacher pay in North Carolina to the national average and helped expand Smart Start to all 100 counties.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of NCAE,” said Cooper. “I know how important it is that we work toward a world class public education and educators are a vital part of strong and successful public schools. There are teachers who are leaving our state for better pay and more respect and there are students attending schools who don’t have the resources they need to be successful. It is time for a Governor who will make education a priority.”

As Attorney General, Cooper has been a strong advocate for safe schools, equipping every school with a Critical Incident Response kit and guide instructing educators and school personnel on how to plan ahead and respond during crisis.

In addition to his leadership in public education while in elected office, he also has tutored several public school children for more than a decade. His tireless work towards a world class education system for all our children has earned him previous endorsements by NCAE as attorney general and as a state lawmaker.

Alex Granados

Alex Granados is senior reporter for EducationNC.