In a recent meeting of the North Carolina State Board of Education, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest had an opportunity to chime in as a member of the board and vote on school reopening guidance. By the time the vote was called, Forest had already hung up.

Part of Forest’s job as lieutenant governor is as a voting member of the State Board of Education. Though he is routinely quick to criticize the plans put forward to reopen schools in North Carolina, during the last meeting “Forest wasn’t present at the time of the vote at the virtual board meeting,” the News & Observer reports

So far, Forest has skipped about half of the State Board of Education meetings since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the topics covered in meetings he missed include grading changes, graduation requirements, history curriculum and remote learning plans for the upcoming year.

Forest routinely skipped out on meetings in the past months, on occasions 

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