NC Senate Republicans fail to override governor’s veto of school reopening bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly were unable on Monday night to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that would demand K-12 districts offer in-person learning to all students.

The final vote was 29-20.

Governor Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 37 last week, which offers North Carolina students the option of in-person learning.

On Monday, he released a statement explaining why he chose to veto the bill, citing safety concerns as his main reason.

The full statement is provided below:

“The question on SB 37 that I vetoed is not whether our children should be in the classroom in person. They absolutely should. The question is whether we do it safely. The bill allows middle and high school students to be in school without following NCDHHS and CDC guidelines on social distancing. SB 37 also removes authority from state and local officials to put students in remote learning in an emergency like a new COVID variant hitting our schools. I have asked legislative leaders to compromise with me on these two issues but so far they have not. I will continue talking with legislators and I will work diligently with the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to make sure all of our children and educators are in the classroom, in person and safe.”

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