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Raleigh, NC (August 15, 2018) – Lauren Fox has joined the Public School Forum of North Carolina as Senior Director of Policy. Fox will lead the Forum’s overall education policy analysis and research efforts and promote the Forum’s role in evidence-based policy decisions that promote world-class public education in North Carolina.

“Lauren’s deep experience in education policy research and analysis, coupled with her North Carolina roots and passion for public education makes her an ideal fit for this role,” said Keith Poston, President and Executive Director, Public School Forum of North Carolina. “I am particularly excited to add her expertise on equity issues to our work here at the Public School Forum, including school finance and racial disparities that are evident in our education system, here in North Carolina and nationally.”

Fox has more than ten years of research and policy experience in the education sector, with particular expertise in educational equity, racial and socioeconomic integration, and school choice. Most recently, Fox worked in New York at The Public Good (a public school support organization), housed at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she conducted research to inform and develop strategies to help public schools in New York City improve curriculum, teaching, and engagement to better serve their racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse school communities.

Prior to her work at The Public Good, Fox worked for several years as a researcher for the Center for Understanding Race and Education and The National Center for Children and Families. She has also provided research and policy consulting for the U.S. Department of Justice, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Ford Foundation.

Fox is currently completing her Ph.D. in sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received the College’s Research Dissertation Fellowship, an Education Policy Dissertation Grant, and the Dean’s Fellowship for Teaching and Diversity. She holds an M.A. in sociology and education with a concentration in education policy from Columbia Teachers College and a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Asheville. While in Asheville, she was the lead education researcher with The State of Black Asheville project and was a guardian ad litem volunteer in Buncombe County. She is a proud graduate of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system.

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About the Public School Forum of North Carolina

Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Follow us on Twitter @theNCForum and visit our website at http://www.ncforum.org/

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