Democrat Gov Declares ‘State of Emergency’ for Public Education over GOP’s Parental Rights Gains

North Carolina’s Democrat Governor Roy Cooper has declared the state’s public education system to be in a “state of emergency.”

Gov. Cooper made the move following Republicans’ recent legislative gains regarding school choice and parental rights.

During a special address, Cooper blasted GOP legislation that gives more power to parents when it comes to the upbringing of their children.

Cooper urged residents of the state to call state lawmakers’ offices and tell them that recent school choice legislation and proposed teacher raises have the potential to “choke the life out of public education,” according to the special address.

Last Wednesday, the state House passed a piece of legislation in a 65-45 vote that would make all students eligible to have the state cover nearly half the average cost of attending a private school.

“It’s clear that the Republican legislature is aiming to choke the life out of public education,” Cooper said in a press release.

“I’m declaring this a state of emergency because you need to know what’s happening.

“If you care about public schools in North Carolina, it’s time to take immediate action and tell them to stop the damage that will set back our schools for a generation.”

The school choice proposal would allow “even millionaires” to receive taxpayer funding for their child’s education, taking resources from public schools, Cooper said in a press release.

Cooper said that state Senate Republicans’ proposal to give veteran teachers a 4.5% raise over two years as opposed to his proposed 18% raise will lead to greater teacher shortages.

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In February, the state Senate and House passed legislation that would require educators to tell parents if their child is transitioning genders at school.

The legislation also prohibits lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation in K-4 classrooms.

Following the passing of the bill, Republican state Sen. Amy Galey told WRAL News, a North Carolina-based outlet, that Democrats are trying to meddle in parents’ raising of their children.

“The government is not a partner in raising our children,” Galey told WRAL News.

Throughout the country, lawmakers are pushing for school choice legislation and bills that would keep gender ideology out of the classroom.

In March, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a piece of legislation creating a universal school choice program.

Iowa lawmakers are also weighing a bill that would prohibit teachers from giving lessons “relating to gender identity” for students in K-8 classes in public and charter school classrooms.

“Republican leaders want to inject their political culture wars into classrooms across North Carolina with bills that would put politicians in charge of curriculum setting, micromanage what teachers can teach, and target LGBTQ+ students,” Cooper said in a press release.

READ MORE: Public School Nurses Trained to Hide Kids’ ‘Gender Transitions’ from Parents

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