If a few Democrats who support the bill decide to help overthrow the governor’s veto, then the plan proposed by Republican state lawmakers can still become law.
Cooper said: “Students learn best in the classroom. I strongly urge all schools to safely receive face-to-face instruction. Most local school systems do this.” “However, Senate Bill 37 There are deficiencies in these key areas. First, it allows middle school and high school students to return to the classroom, which violates the health guidelines of the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC. Second, it hinders the development of local and local governments. State officials Students and teachers cannot be protected in an emergency.”
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The Democratic governor said he told the legislature that if these “two issues” are resolved, he will sign the bill. He called on school councils that have not yet done so to transition to personal guidance, but opposed the statewide authorization, which requires them to reopen in about two weeks. In some places, students have been excluded from physical education classrooms for 11 months, which has caused strong protests from parents about the loss of learning.
Cooper argued that the bill is threatening the public health of North Carolina in its efforts to escape the pandemic.
Cooper said: “The bill they just passed failed in both of these areas.” “Before taking action on the bill that is now on my table, I will continue to discuss potential new legislation with the leaders of the Assembly. For us For teachers and students, it’s very important to do this.”
Republicans say the North Carolina Educators’ Association opposed the bill, saying that the national teachers’ union is “using its political power” to preserve or reduce face-to-face education.
“At the same time, the governor is also proud of vaccination after giving teachers higher priority than cancer patients. He rejected the school reopening bill because it provides the school district with a plan that best suits its actual needs. Flexibility,” said Senator R-Watauga, Deanna Ballard, who is the co-chair of the Senate Education Committee and sponsored Senate Bill No. 37.
“with Teacher vaccinations Ballard added: “It’s in full swing. Governor Cooper and the far-left NCAE have no legitimate excuses to oppose the broad reopening flexibility that the bill gives school districts. The far-left NCAE owns the governor’s residence. Thankfully, the Senate. Bill No. 37 has received full support from both parties to overthrow Governor Cooper’s veto, and we hope to bring it to more votes.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rim Cleveland, also responded to Cooper’s veto on Friday.
Moore said: “With the veto power, the governor ignores desperate parents, policy experts and students who are suffering because he refuses to let them return to the classroom.” “The legislature has been trying to find common ground with the governor, but we have a constitution. The obligation to provide educational pathways for students and will exercise veto power on behalf of North Carolina families.”
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that schools should not reopen the door for vaccination, NCAE has increased the priority on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution list. The Cooper administration’s reopened guidance has relaxed restrictions on elementary school students, allowing children not to wear masks when sitting in classrooms. Middle schools and middle schools have developed stricter guidelines.
NCAE issued a statement supporting Cooper’s decision.
NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly said: “North Carolina public school educators are eager to return to their classrooms as quickly as possible if it is safe, but SB 37 is the opposite of returning safely to in-person teaching.” “By trying to seize space. The decision-making power of the school board, ignoring the latest scientific guidance, the bill will unnecessarily endanger the health and safety of educators and students. The best action all legislators can take now is to encourage their communities to comply with safety protocols and encourage all School employees are vaccinated. We thank Governor Cooper for vetoing the bill, and we look forward to working with him and the legislature to safely return to the scene for guidance.”
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Republicans accused Cooper of playing a greater role in politics than science in the struggle to reopen the school, citing a team of researchers from Duke University and UNC in the research conducted in the triangle. Found that the school transmission rate is very low.
NCGOP Communications Director Tim Wigginton said: “Governor Cooper vetoed SB 37 in order to keep as many children as possible in the failed virtual school. At the same time, he is actively settling down with left-wing activists to make thousands of Wan’s convicted criminals are released from prison.” “Cooper is releasing the criminals from prison and locking our children in a state where the virtual school failed.”
Cooper noted that 95% of school districts plan to provide face-to-face guidance by mid-March, accounting for 96% of the state’s approximately 1.5 million K-12 public school students.
According to the NC NAACP and ACLU, after the NC NAACP v. Cooper case is settled, at least 3,500 imprisoned persons will be released from the North Carolina State Prison, which is organized by the Civil Rights Organization, three imprisoned individuals and the prisoner’s spouse , During the COVID-19 pandemic, challenged the conditions of incarceration in North Carolina State Penitentiary. According to the terms of the settlement agreement, the state has 180 days to release the 3,500 people currently in custody.
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