Now comes the time for outside groups to start choosing up sides in the race for the Buffalo Board of Education, although a big part of the business community has decided to sit this one out. Outside money from educational reform groups has yet to show up, as well. In some prior races, both had helped balance the influence wielded by the powerful teachers union, which again stands ready to mobilize its members in support of the union’s endorsed candidates. This time, the union may not have that opposition. That's how the election of 2019 is shaping up. While this may be a big year for the Buffalo School Board – all nine seats are on the May 7 ballot – it also has lacked some of the overarching tension that has defined past races. No revolution has emerged to try to force sweeping reforms in the Buffalo Public Schools, like in 2014. There’s no coup to overthrow the School Board majority, which occurred two years later. Nor is it turning out to be a … [Read more...] about Which groups are ‘in’ or ‘out’ in Buffalo’s School Board election?
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A coalition of youth advocates is pushing Colorado to allow most high school juniors and seniors to vote in school board elections. “Students are experts in their own education,” said Tezcatli Diaz, director of youth civic engagement for Student Voice, Student Vote, one of the groups calling for the change. “A lot of people on boards of education have not been in school in decades or have not had children in school in decades.” A bill sponsored by state Sen. Dominick Moreno, who also serves on the Adams 14 school board, and state Rep. James Coleman, both Democrats, would make Colorado the first state in the nation to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in school board elections. The officials who oversee Colorado’s elections said they understand the desire to expand the franchise, but they also have some practical concerns. The push comes amid a wave of youth activism on everything from climate change to immigration and amid national conversations about … [Read more...] about Should Colorado teens get a vote in school board elections? These legislators think so.
By LA School Report | PUBLISHED: March 22, 2019 at 3:58 pm | UPDATED: March 22, 2019 at 5:33 pm By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report Former L.A. city official Heather Repenning and teachers union-pick Jackie Goldberg are officially headed to a May runoff for L.A. Unified’s Board District 5 school board seat, as the county registrar certified the March 5 primary results on Friday. Goldberg had been leagues ahead of the race’s nine other candidates since election night, finishing Friday with 15,935 votes — 48.18 percent of the 33,074 total ballots cast. While the 74-year-old’s status as a former board member, vocal charter critic and union ally during January’s teacher strike granted her substantial name recognition, she was unable to clinch the more than 50 percent majority needed to win outright. Repenning, a 44-year-old district parent and former aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti, a week ago had … [Read more...] about It’s official: Jackie Goldberg and Heather Repenning are headed to a runoff in LAUSD school board race
1 of 9 View 9 Items Laura Seitz, Deseret News Students participate in a "die-in" for six minutes and 20 seconds — the length of time the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, lasted — during the Utah School Walkout at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 20, 2018. Related Links Utah lawmakers give final passage to pared-down school safety bill Utah House passes bill to eliminate letter grades from state's school report card Partisan candidates for Utah State School Board? Bill proposed as clarifying measure, sponsor says SALT LAKE CITY — The just-concluded legislative session left some unfinished business in public education. Here's a look at what's next in terms of school safety, State School Board elections and letter grades for schools. School safety In the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that killed 17 people in 2018, Utah students took to the streets calling for safer schools and … [Read more...] about What’s next for Utah school safety, State School Board elections and school report cards?
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News FILE - Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden, speaks at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. SALT LAKE CITY — Even as the Utah Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of partisan State School Board elections, a Senate committee approved Tuesday a bill that says candidates affiliated with political parties could run for the state board along with unaffiliated and write-in candidates. The Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 to support SB236, sponsored by Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden. Millner said the legislation clarifies that candidates for State School Board can file as members of political parties, unaffiliated or as write-ins, which is the case for candidates for other state offices. Several members of the public urged the committee to hold off acting on HB236 until the Utah Supreme Court rules on a constitutional challenge to 2016 legislation that calls for partisan State School Board elections. The court heard arguments in September … [Read more...] about Partisan candidates for Utah State School Board? Bill proposed as clarifying measure, sponsor says