With Betsy DeVos heading the Department of Education, the issue of school choice has taken center stage. Some say Christians should oppose school choice because it will weaken the public schools. Others say Christians should support it because it enables parents to escape the indoctrination offered in public schools. This Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will explore the issue with EdChoice Friedman Fellow Greg Forster, who supports school choice and All Our Children Founder Lallie Lloyd, who opposes it.
Greg Forster, Ph.D. serves as the director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University. He has a Ph.D. with distinction in political philosophy from Yale University. He is the author of six books, most recently Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It (2014), and the co-editor of three books. He is a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; has published numerous articles in scholarly and popular periodicals; speaks at large conferences like the Gospel Coalition and Jubilee; edits the group blog Hang Together; and contributes regularly to other online outlets. His primary scholarly interest is studying how the structures of culture and civilization (family, work, education, business, politics, etc.) respond to the challenge of the gospel and the ambiguous tensions of religious freedom, in order to equip the church to be good citizens of both the Kingdom of God and our human communities.
Lallie Lloyd worked for education justice in philanthropy and consulting for twenty years before founding the All Our Children network, a partnership between congregations and public schools. She is a lay leader in The Episcopal Church, a former deputy to General Convention, and has served on policy and ministry commissions at the local, diocesan, and wider church levels. Lallie graduated from Yale College, the Wharton School, and Episcopal Divinity School, where she received the Hall Prize for outstanding peace and justice work. Lallie has three adult children and lives on Cape Cod with her husband.