Three N.C. legislators to field education questions Friday

N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham
N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham

Three state legislators will be in Charlotte on Friday to field questions on state education policy and discuss how the state budget will affect the classroom.

N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham and Sen. Jeff Jackson, both Mecklenburg Democrats, and Rep. Craig Horn, a Union County Republican, are slated to appear at a community conversation hosted by the nonprofit MeckEd.

The state legislature is still in the throes of its annual session, and a final budget is a ways off. Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed budget would increase the pay of beginning teachers to $35,000 and provide money to school districts to strategically boost pay where they see fit.

A flurry of other education bills cover everything from increasing transparency for charter schools to requiring more students to have a health exam before beginning school.

Friday’s event will run from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Stratford Richardson YMCA, 1946 West Blvd. It is open to the public.

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