NC Republicans fail by 1 vote to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of school reopening bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly were unable Monday night to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that would demand K-12 districts offer in-person learning to all students.

Monday evening, in a 29-20 Senate vote, the Senate failed to override Cooper’s veto. The Senate would have needed three-fifths of the vote or 30 votes to override the veto.

The override would have had to be successful in both chambers for the measure to become law.

GOP lawmakers had said the bill is needed because students have fallen behind in academics since schools shifted to virtual classes in the pandemic.

Cooper says he wants children back in classrooms but that the bill would threaten public health.

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