RALEIGH, N.C. — The state Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a measure that would force school districts across North Carolina to reopen their doors to students who want the option of in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
With the 29-15 vote – two Democrats joined Senate Republicans in supporting the measure – Senate Bill 37 now heads to the House. It’s scheduled to go through two committees on Wednesday before a Thursday floor vote, meaning it could be on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk by the end of the week.
Cooper has expressed reservations about the bill, saying decisions about reopening should be left up to local school boards. Still, he urged districts last week to get more students in classrooms.
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