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#NCGovDebate: Dan Forest’s Education Plan: Public Schools Last


Oct 14, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
CONTACT: Liz Doherty

#NCGovDebate: Dan Forest’s Education Plan: Public Schools Last

Roy Cooper: “It’s like Robin Hood in reverse.”

RALEIGH — During tonight’s gubernatorial debate, Dan Forest made his priorities on education clear: rob public schools and allow millionaires to use that money to send their kids to private schools, put students and teachers in harm’s way, and fail to invest in students, teachers, and schools all while failing to show up to work as a voting member of the State Board of Education.

KEY FACTS:

  • “Lt. Gov. Dan Forest wants to let every North Carolina family, regardless of their income, be able to receive a state-funded voucher to attend a private school.” [News and Observer, 11/7/2019]
  • Forest “said there should not be a requirement for students and teachers to wear masks. ‘I don’t think so. No. I don’t think there’s any science that backs that up. But, if that is what the parent determines is best for their student, if that is what the school determines right now, get the kids back in the classroom. That’s priority number one.’” [WNCN, 9/16/2020]
  • “Forest tried Thursday to persuade the State Board of Education to give all North Carolina public schools the choice of fully reopening for in-person classes… But Forest’s motion to allow all K-12 public schools to fully reopen was determined to be out of order.” [News and Observer, 10/9/2020]
  • As Lt. Governor, Forest has missed nearly half of the State Board of Education meetings, nearly half of the State Board of Education meetings during the pandemic, and 84% of State Board of Community Colleges meetings.

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