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The Public School Forum of North Carolina’s Lauren Fox on NC’s private school voucher program

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The Public School Forum of North Carolina’s Lauren Fox on NC’s private school voucher program

Sep 11, 2023 | 1:57 pm ET
By Clayton Henkel
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The Public School Forum of North Carolina’s Lauren Fox on the NC’s private school voucher program
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Lauren Fox, Ph.D. Senior Director, Policy & Research, Public School Forum

It’s been ten years since North Carolina’s experiment with private school vouchers commenced and, as multiple reports have made clear, when it comes to student achievement, widely shared opportunity, and the wise use of public resources, the program has been a dramatic failure.

Given however, that state lawmakers have no intention of scaling back the program and, indeed, are committed to expanding it, researchers at the Public School Forum of North Carolina recently prepared a new report that details six commonsense steps that could at least make the program more effective and accountable. Recently we got a chance to learn more about the details from the report’s author, the Forum’s Senior Director of Policy Research, Lauren Fox.