Governor Roy Cooper visited Southern Elementary School last Thursday. While there he held a press conference about House Bill 13. Link to press conference is here.
Prior to the press conference, Governor Cooper met with a small delegation of teachers and staff from Southern Elementary along with GCAE President Todd Warren. There Governor Cooper listened to issues and concerns facing NC public school teachers, urging them to be candid and honest.
Governor Cooper urged the NC General Assembly to find a timely fix to the class size issue noting that manufacturers of mobile classrooms have already stated they will not be able to keep up with the demand for new classrooms if the current mandate is not fixed.
GCS Superintendent, Dr. Sharon Contreras, welcomed the Governor, thanking him for his attention to the class size legislation noting, “the NC Constitution guarantees a sound and basic education for all students.” Dr. Contreras went on to express concern about “the increasing cost of the K-3 class size reduction legislation.” In an interview with Fox 8 the Superintendent asked, “What would we lose? What is the tradeoff? Art, music, PE. Ballooning class sizes in grades four through eighth grade. We’ve had to offer some of these combination classes (two grades in one class), which I don’t think are the best way to provide education to students.”