Gov. Cooper says he’ll seek public school spending surge in NC budget

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FILE – Gov. Roy Cooper listens to a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cooper will discuss the pandemic, education and his re-election bid in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 6. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he’ll aim to get Republican lawmakers to fund North Carolina public education improvements a judge says the state must start implementing.

He made the comments Tuesday about a decades-old school funding case called “Leandro.”

He also spoke as a critical phase of state budget talks will soon begin.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore are expected this week to send to Cooper an initial joint offer on state government spending for the next two years.

Earlier Republican budget proposals fell well short of what Cooper and the judge say are needed to spend on education.

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