N.C. Senate candidate and former Raleigh mayor Tom Bradshaw says state legislators need to go back to school.
Bradshaw - a Democrat seeking the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Neal Hunt - challenged each General Assembly member to spend five days a year visiting public schools. He promises to do it himself if elected to represent Wake County.
"Watching this legislature that just adjourned, it's clear they don't understand the damage they're doing to our schools," he said in a news release issued Thursday. "They're chasing off good teachers. They're eliminating teacher assistants. They're actually hurting learning."
Bradshaw says the policies might change if legislators spent time in the classroom. "Let's make our legislators go back to school," he said. "Let's challenge them to see firsthand what our schools really need, now more than ever."
The Bradshaw campaign's announcement says legislators can use their per diem pay - $104 per day - while visiting schools.
Bradshaw and his opponent, Republican businessman John Alexander, are both stressing education in their campaigns. While Alexander says the GOP-dominated legislature has helped schools through teacher raises, Bradshaw argues it "didn't do right by education."