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N.C. Association of Educators hails Roy Cooper’s victory in governor’s race

Pat McCrory and the NCGAAs Policy Watch’s Joe Killian noted earlier this morning, Gov. Pat McCrory—after a bitter few weeks of disputing the election’s results—has conceded the North Carolina governor’s race to Roy Cooper.

Reactions have been pouring in since McCrory’s videotaped concession went public this morning.

It didn’t take long for North Carolina’s largest teacher advocacy organization, the N.C. Association of Educators, to applaud the news.

“Educators across North Carolina congratulate Governor-Elect Cooper on an outstanding victory,” NCAE President Mark Jewell said in a statement. “We look forward to a champion for public school students and educators in the governor’s office. We are glad the stall tactics have come to an end because North Carolina educators are Ready for Roy.”

The organization, which counts roughly 70,000 members in the state, has been at odds many times with McCrory during his tenure in Raleigh, accusing McCrory and GOP leadership in the N.C. General Assembly of badly under-funding schools and handing down lackluster teacher salaries. 

The group is expected to hold a cozier relationship with Cooper, the state’s Democratic attorney general, who campaigned aggressively on public education funding, although it’s of course worth noting that the veto-proof majority in the legislature still holds most of the power over the state’s purse strings.

We’ll continue to follow the transition to Cooper’s team over the next few weeks, as we await further word on the pending transition to a Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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