Promises about Education on Coop-O-Meter

Bring teacher pay to the national average

"As governor, I will value teachers by working in a bipartisan manner to strive to raise teacher pay to at least the national average."

Restore the child care tax credit

"I will use a portion of any future gains in state revenue to reinstate the childcare tax credit for working families."

More parental leave for school activities

"I will work to increase the amount of hours of unpaid leave for parents, and at a minimum, to expand the current allowance to make it four hours per child."

Apprenticeship programs for high school students

"I will increase the number of apprenticeship programs in high-need industry areas, like construction trades and advanced manufacturing."

Reform the state lottery

"Over the years the lottery funds have been diverted away from the original educational purpose. ... I’ll work to reform lottery spending and maximize our education dollars by putting a stop to legislators raiding lottery proceeds."

Raise education spending without raising taxes

"We are 44th in per-student spending in North Carolina. That is unacceptable. We have to do much more. ... Yes, absolutely we can do it without raising taxes."

Expand high school work training programs

"As governor, I will expand access to certifications and credential programs in partnership with our community colleges."

Prevent cuts to education funding

"As governor, I will protect (public education) from being further undermined by politicians in Raleigh wanting to dismantle it."

Tuition-free community college

"I will put together a team of education partners and budgetary advisors to design a proposal for North Carolina to offer free tuition for community college."

Expand Pre-K

"I will work to increase funding for Smart Start and NC Pre-K, with a sustainable plan that gives priority to serving more at-risk children."

Pay teachers based on education level

"I will value teachers by a teacher pay policy that rewards experience and education that leads to improved student outcomes."

Reduce the cost of college

"I will reduce the cost of college to make it more accessible by increasing state investment in education and helping student loan borrowers pay off their loans."

State assistance for student loan borrowers

"I will call for establishing a state loan refinancing authority. This will allow North Carolina to lower monthly loan repayments for thousands of (student) borrowers"

Improve child-care quality

"I will encourage greater partnerships within our education system to help more childcare facilities enhance programming and staffing to boost the number of 4-star and even 5-star facilities available to families. At the same time, I will ensure that the state continues to increase early childhood licensing standards so that we are always striving to create the highest quality early childcare programs possible."

Expand leadership recruitment program for low-performing schools

"With priority given to school districts with a significant number of low-performing schools ... I will look to expand Regional Leadership Academies."

Create program to give principals flexibility

"I will work with our state’s education leaders to create a Freedom & Flexibility Pledge for principals."

Make schools more high-tech

"I will actively seek more public-private partnerships to ensure access to technology by wiring all schools to broadband and increasing the School Technology Fund to support more one-on-one device initiatives."

Promote student debt relief programs

"I will ensure the state proactively engages with federal student loan borrowers through a social media outreach campaign."

Pay for school system audits to identify inefficient spending

"As governor, I will provide state support to help districts find savings to drive dollars to the classroom."

Less standardized testing and more freedom for teachers to craft lesson plans

"Stop over-testing. Over-testing is overwhelming our students and teachers and jeopardizing the quality of education provided in our schools. ... As governor, I will promote a statewide education policy that encourages creativity in the classroom, with personalized education plans, flipped classrooms and student governance, among others."