FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, July 24, 2020
CONTACT: Liz Doherty
“Please call the roll to capture the vote.” “Lt. Governor?” *Silence*
Dan Forest Fails to Vote on School Reopening Guidance at Today’s State Board of Education Meeting
RALEIGH — Today, the State Board of Education met to discuss and vote on school reopening guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and expanding the number of vendors from which schools can pick for the K-3 reading diagnostic tool.
Despite expressing his confusion around the “goal” of the guidance at the beginning of the meeting, Forest did not even stick around long enough to cast his vote.
“Please call the roll to capture the vote.”
“Yes, sir. Lt. Governor?”
Forest has skipped nearly HALF of State Board of Education meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak. At the meetings Forest skipped, he missed critical votes and discussions about major changes to grading, graduation requirements, history class curriculum, DHHS updates, and the development of remote learning plans for the school year.
Instead of attending these meetings, Forest opted to give interviews on Fox Business and conservative radio. On at least two separate days where Forest failed to show up to the State Board of Education Meeting, he found the time to squeeze in multiple campaign fundraisers.
Liz Doherty, spokesperson for Cooper for NC, said, “By not voting today, Forest doesn’t even try to hide the fact that he’s not looking out for North Carolina families, students, and teachers. He continues to prove he is only interested in stirring the pot to score political points.”