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The Democratic governor of North Carolina is being lambasted by critics for declaring a “state of emergency in education” after the Republican-controlled legislature voted for school choice.

Roy Cooper accused Republicans of trying to “starve public education” and dropping “an atomic bomb on public education” in a televised address on Monday.

“It’s clear that the Republican legislature is aiming to choke the life out of public education,” Cooper said. “I am declaring this state of emergency because you need to know what’s happening.

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Cooper was angered by a budget debate between Republicans in the legislature that would lead to a smaller rise in teacher pay than he wanted and an increase in access for families to school vouchers.

“Our teachers deserve better pay and more respect, but the legislature wants to give them neither one,” Cooper claimed.

Cooper was immediately upbraided online for abusing his emergency powers over a political disagreement.

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