North Carolina speaker, schools chief pitching bond question

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State School Superintendent Mark Johnson visited a New Hanover County school Dec. 20, 2018 and brought along a special guest to hand out books. (Photo: WWAY)

ERWIN, NC (AP) — A top North Carolina lawmaker and an education leader are starting to make their pitch for the General Assembly to approve a nearly $2 billion public education construction bond referendum.

House Speaker Tim Moore and state schools Superintendent Mark Johnson planned to headline a forum Thursday about the bond idea at a Harnett County elementary school.

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Moore said last month he would press in 2019 for a statewide bond package that would largely benefit K-12 public schools but also University of North Carolina and community college system campuses. Moore’s proposal would ultimately let voters decide in 2020 whether the state should borrow.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper also has expressed support for a school bond package.

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