WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and his challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, both addressed state educators Friday morning in Wilmington.
In their comments in front of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, the two candidates painted very different pictures of public education in the state.
Cooper said over the past few years public education has hit hard times under McCrory and the Republican-controlled General Assembly.
“You know and I know that over the past few years public education has hit hard times, you know it acutely,” Cooper said to the group inside the Wilmington Convention Center. “We know that the great University (of North Carolina) system, and our community colleges have been damaged. We know our teacher and educator salaries, and our per pupil expenditures over the last few years have dropped to some of the lowest in the country.”
McCrory said his administration has done more to raise teacher pay than the previous governors before him.
“The fact is that between 2002 and 2012, before I was Governor of North Carolina and we had three Democratic Governors with all due respect, the average teacher pay fell behind more than any other state in the United States of America,” McCrory said. “It went from 19th to 46th, before I was in office.”