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McCrory says he will meet with NC teachers

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday that he does plan to meet with teachers to hear their concerns, he told WNCN.

But McCrory couldn't give an exact timetable on when that will occur.

"My education policy advisor and I are going to be putting together a group of teachers to have ongoing dialog to find long term solutions to figure out how we can reward teachers who are having an impact," McCrory said. "And help teachers make this a profession they can afford to be in

Many teachers have been asking for McCrory to meet with them to hear their concerns after they did not get a pay raise in this year's budget. Teachers have also raised concerns about whether the budget adequately provides for public education.

WNCN will take an extended look at the issues involving public education for K through 12 on Monday night. The one-hour special will air on television and the web from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and then online only from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the event at the Burning Coal Auditorium at the old Murphey School on Peace St. in downtown Raleigh.

McCrory also said the state Department of Health and Human Services was not yet in the process of writing new abortion regulations. He said they are now concentrating on existing regulations.

McCrory was in Greenville Friday to discuss how North Carolina is expanding the ability of doctors and other counselors to make long-distance evaluations of people who may be suffering mental breakdowns.

The governor wanted to draw attention to the state's decision to expand the practice of psychiatric medicine by video conferencing.

State legislators committed $4 million over the next two years to establish a statewide "telepsychiatry" program to provide more mental health services in rural areas. It's based at East Carolina University's medical school and now connects about a dozen community hospitals in eastern North Carolina.

State officials say having psychiatrists available to consult with remote hospitals when troubled patients show up can cut hospital emergency department wait times, reduce involuntary commitments and save local law enforcement the time needed to transport patients.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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