NC legislature passes class size bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican-controlled legislature has finalized a compromise to phase in class-size limits in early grades in North Carolina public schools.

The House voted 104-12 to pass the legislature legislation, which also pledges by 2020 to pay for preschool for all at-risk 4-year-olds.

“This is an important day for early childhood education, for our elementary students in this state and their families and their futures,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake County).

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But the measure also includes changes to the combined state elections and ethics board, and diverts money received from an agreement Cooper’s office reached with builders of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to schools.

Most Senate Democrats joined Republicans voting last week for the measure, which now goes to Cooper. Cooper could make it law or veto it.

“Everybody is struggling, and I would bet some folks on the other side of the aisle are struggling too, with tying this to the state board of election reconfiguration. That’s bad business, it’s bad government. It’s not something we need to do today,” said Deputy Democratic Leader Robert Reives II.

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