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Education is battleground for NC governors’ campaigns

North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper and Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.
North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper and Republican incumbent Pat McCrory. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

UPDATED Education is playing out as the key theme in the North Carolina governor race.

Attorney General Roy Cooper is out with an education-spending ad on Monday, following last week’s latest by Gov. Pat McCrory.

The focus of Cooper’s ad is teacher attrition, illustrated by a Durham teacher who says she left a job in North Carolina for better pay in Virginia.

“Someone has to fix this,” the teacher says.

The McCrory campaign was quick to dispute the commercial, saying the teacher would have done better to stay in North Carolina.

The campaign also dug up the woman’s education job history, finding that she has been a physical education teacher, field hockey and softball coach.

“Roy Cooper’s latest false attack ad against Governor McCrory is another desperate attempt to mislead North Carolina voters,” spokesman Ricky Diaz, said in a statement. “Roy Cooper and his allies let North Carolina teacher pay fall to the bottom of the nation. But after he took office, Governor McCrory passed the largest teacher pay raise in the country and raised it every year since. “

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO

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