Hagan wants to challenge Tillis on NC schools

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Some parents and teachers are planning to stand with North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan to predict what public education would look like if House Speaker Thom Tillis replaced her in Washington.

Hagan scheduled a news conference Tuesday at Guilford County Democratic Party headquarters to talk about what her campaign calls Tillis' "destructive education agenda." She and other Democrats have blamed Tillis for spending reductions in recent years that they say have harmed the classroom.

Tillis is the Republicans' Senate nominee this November. He's promoted a new state budget that gives large pay raises to early-career teachers, or roughly 7 percent on average for all teachers.

The news conference comes with Congress on their August recess and Hagan running television ads promoting a middle-of-the-road governing style on Capitol Hill.


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