Lt. Governor Forest on Gov. Cooper's SBE Denying Thousands of Families Access to Virtual Education During Pandemic School Year

Raleigh, NC

Statement from Lt. Governor Forest: 

"Today, thousands of students and parents who signed up on a wait-list for North Carolina’s two virtual public charter schools were denied the ability to enroll. While I, Treasurer Folwell and other Republicans voted to expand enrollment, Gov. Cooper’s State Board of Education members voted along party lines to withhold that option from these families in this time of uncertainty. For a board that says it seeks equity in all decisions, with this vote today, they are leaving thousands of students with no truly viable choice. Many of these students live in the poorest communities in our state. With traditional schools closed, families without access to the internet or a virtual academy, as well as numerous students with special needs, are begging for alternatives. Gov. Cooper's Board of Education should be providing more options, not blocking them."