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Governor Cooper Honors American Education Week in North Carolina Cooper and Cabinet Leaders to Visit Schools to Highlight Public Education Throughout the Week


Governor Cooper today declared November 13-17, 2017 to be American Education Week in North Carolina. Sponsored by the National Education Association and the American Legion, American Education Week has been recognized and celebrated the week before Thanksgiving since 1921. The observance honors the role public schools play in providing opportunity and strengthening communities and our democracy.

“Education is not only in our state’s Constitution, it is in our DNA. It represents who we are as a people in North Carolina. A strong public education is the best way to create good jobs and grow the middle class and it’s right that we recognize the role public education plays in increasing opportunity in our communities,” said Gov. Cooper.

Throughout the week Gov. Cooper and members of his cabinet will spread out across North Carolina to visit classrooms and highlight the importance of public education. 

“We know we need to do more to support public education in North Carolina. That starts with highlighting the work being done in our schools and learning about the challenges our students and teachers face. I’m so grateful to our parents, teachers, and school support personnel for all they do to educate young people, and I am proud to proclaim American Education week in North Carolina,” said Gov. Cooper.

Read the proclamation here.

Gov. Cooper and Administration Cabinet Secretaries will be attending events throughout the week:


  • Secretary Machelle Sanders will visit Bath Elementary School in Bath, Northside High School in Pinetown, and Beaufort County Southside High School in Chocowinity 
  • Secretary Ron Penny will visit Harnett Early College in Dunn 
  • Secretary Tony Copeland will visit Neal Magnet Middle School in Durham
  • State Highway Patrol Commander Colonel Glenn McNeill will visit Reedy Creek Middle School in Cary


  • Secretary Larry Hall will visit E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville 
  • State Budget Director Charlie Perusse will visit Havelock High School in Havelock


  • Secretary Michael Regan will visit Franklinton Elementary School in Franklinton 


  • Gov. Cooper will visit Washington Elementary School in Raleigh
  • Secretary Mandy Cohen will visit A Safe Place Pre-K in Raleigh 


  • Secretary Eric Boyette will visit East Clayton Elementary School in Clayton



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