The following is an excerpt from CBS17’s article titled: “FACT CHECK: Forest highlights differences with Cooper; Van Duyn aligns with incumbent governor”
By: Joedy McCreary
THE CLAIM: The narrator of Van Duyn’s ad posted to her social media accounts says the Buncombe County Democrat candidate “stood with Gov. Cooper to protect our schools from Republican cuts.”
THE FACTS: Education funding has been one of the key issues in the budget stalemate between the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Cooper, a Democrat.
That budget was supposed to be in place last July. One of the reasons for Cooper’s June veto was because it included an average 3.9 percent raise for teachers. Cooper wanted that raise to average 9.1 percent over two years.
Van Duyn supported Cooper’s veto, saying in June that the budget “also fails to adequately address the crumbling infrastructure needs of our public schools,” and also joined 20 other Senate Democrats last month in voting against the Republicans’ bill (SB 354) to override Cooper’s veto of the smaller teacher pay raise. Lawmakers have adjourned until April 28.
Among the education-related bills sponsored by Van Duyn during the 2019 session were ones that would provide tuition waivers to survivors of correctional officers killed in the line of duty, reinstate salary supplements for certain teachers with advanced degrees, appropriating money to eliminate waitlists for the state’s pre-kindergarten program and appropriating funds for full-time teacher assistants for every K-2 classroom and for one-third of third-grade classrooms.
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