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RALEIGH, NC – From Raleigh to Washington, Senator Thom Tillis has played hooky on North Carolina students and teachers, from gutting education as Speaker of the NC House, to confirming Betsy DeVos to serve as Education Secretary. This week, as students head back to school, we’ll be highlighting his education failures, and Cal Cunningham’s commitment to put North Carolina students and educators first.
Today we’re highlighting how Tillis followed Mitch McConnell’s orders and packed up for a three-week recess without passing a COVID-19 relief bill. That means most North Carolina schools are returning to the classroom today, whether online or in person, and do not have the additional resources they need to ensure students are able to learn safely.
School funding was already a source of concern for many school districts, and now with the increased supplies needed for testing, cleaning, and to help students learn virtually, school districts will be stretched thin without federal aid.
Cal Cunningham released a television ad last month about the need to invest in education, especially as students and teachers face unprecedented challenges this school year. He included funding for schools as one of his key priorities to be included in the next coronavirus aid package, including funding for personal protective equipment and resources schools will need to conduct health screenings and implement social distancing, and the technology needed for students to learn online. Cal also called for increased investments in broadband to keep students connected as they continue with a virtual education.
Without adequate federal funding, North Carolina schools will not be able to provide a sound education for students. In a press call with Guilford County leaders last month, Cal heard from Rep. Ashton Clemmons about the need for additional relief for schools: “I know that we need our children to be in school as much as safely possible for the educators and families and children of our state, but we can’t do that unless we are willing to commit the financial resources for them to be able to do it safely…Until we do that, demanding that schools open is irresponsible.”
“Senator Tillis should have done his job in Washington to provide the much needed federal funding to help schools navigate this crisis, but instead, he’s playing hooky on North Carolina students and teachers again,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign.