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8.18.20

Tillis Playing Hooky On NC Students: Tillis Prioritized Corporate Donors Over Students, While Cal Invested In Public Education

Thom Tillis’ Years Of Underfunding Public Education Led To A Judge Saying NC Is “Leaving Too Many Students Behind;” Cal Cunningham Has A Record Of Putting Students First

RALEIGH, NC – Late last year, the Leandro report declared that North Carolina was not meeting its constitutional standard for education, failing to provide students with a “sound basic education,” and “leaving too many students behind,” especially students of color. 

For that, North Carolina students can partially thank Senator Thom TIllis, who as Speaker of the North Carolina House, slashed millions from North Carolina public schools, increasing class sizes, eliminating teaching positions, and cutting funding for basic needs like textbooks and supplies, while prioritizing giving massive new tax cuts to the wealthiest.

In Washington, Senator Tillis continued to cave to the wealthy and corporations at the expense of our public schools. He voted to confirm Betsy DeVos, whose family has donated thousands of dollars to Senator Tillis’ campaign, to be Secretary of Education. 

Molly Mullin taught middle school in Guilford County for 25 years. Now she’s raising her voice in support of Cal Cunningham. In the Greensboro News & Record, Molly writes: “Overworked and underpaid teachers are sick and tired of getting mere lip service from so many in Congress and the N.C. General Assembly. That’s why I’m supporting Cal Cunningham for U.S. Senate…His opponent, Thom Tillis, has been a disaster for schools…I trust Cal Cunningham to represent the best interests of North Carolina’s teachers and students. I hope you’ll join me in voting to give our schools the support they deserve on Nov. 3.” 

Cal has a record of putting North Carolina students and educators first. When he served in the State Senate, he fought to increase teacher pay and reduce class sizes. Cal values North Carolina’s legacy as a leader in education, and believes investing in education is investing in our kids’ futures. That’s why he also supports a national strategy to invest in opportunity through public schools. In the U.S. Senate, he’ll work to boost funding for Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, provide schools the resources they need to succeed, close significant funding gaps between districts, and invest in specialized instruction to meet the unique needs of every child.