Governor’s candidate Cooper unveils education plan

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Attorney General Roy Cooper says he’d work to raise public school teachers’ salaries to the national average, increase pre-kindergarten funding and help lower student loan debt burdens if elected North Carolina governor.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate unveiled his education agenda Tuesday at a news conference at Wake Technical Community College. It’s the first significant policy roll-out for Cooper since formally announcing his bid in October. The event comes a week before the Democratic primary. A general election clash with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is expected.

Cooper also says he’d like to work toward making community college tuition free.

Cooper says he’d pay for his initiatives by reworking a tax system he says recently favored corporations and the wealthy. But he stopped short of saying he’d want to raise taxes.

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