The North Carolina Democratic Party is running ads in newspapers this week criticizing Republican lawmakers for public education laws this year that contained no teacher raises and granted tax-funded scholarships for students to attend private school.
A party spokesman said Wednesday it's spending several thousand dollars initially on ads in more than a dozen publications chosen according to House and Senate districts represented by Republicans but Democrats want to target in the 2014 elections.
The ad says "Republican leadership has failed teachers in North Carolina" and points out spending reductions for textbooks and the end of the "back-to-school" sales tax holiday in August. It also asks readers to tell Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican leaders to "study up" on giving "raises, resources and respect" to teachers.