What if they gave a school board election and nobody came?That’s pretty much happening this year in the San Diego Unified School District, the second-largest in the state. Two trustees up for re-election — Mike McQuary and Kevin Beiser — drew no opponents.That’s a familiar predicament. Since 2006, San Diego school board candidates have run unopposed seven times. When incumbents do face a challenge, they tend to win in blowouts.All this has rebooted a discussion of why there’s so little competition in San Diego city school board races and whether the election process should be changed.But San Diego Unified is not alone. Since 1998, seven candidates — all incumbents — for county Board of Supervisors have run unopposed. Like Unified, the county board has five members (and until this year no term limits). When supervisors do have opposition, they often win without breaking a sweat.At the San Diego City Council, three incumbents have run unopposed … [Read more...] about Is the non-existent school board election cause for alarm?
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close Video The conflict between California and federal immigration policy California Republican Party chairman Jim Brulte on California's sanctuary state policy and a potential Republican comeback in California. The city of San Francisco this week began allowing non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to register to vote in the November election for the city school board. The effort follows the city's passage of a 2016 ballot measure that gave the right to vote in school board elections to non-U.S. citizens over age 18 who live in San Francisco and have children under age 19, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The measure was approved by a majority of San Francisco's eligible voters, but after the first two attempts failed. “This is no-brainer legislation,” Hillary Ronen, of the city’s Board of Supervisors, told the publication. “Why would we not want our parents invested in the education of their children?” "This is no-brainer … [Read more...] about Non-citizens, illegal immigrants now may register to vote in San Francisco school board elections
Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter Alyssa was among the 17 people shot and killed at a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has won election to the county school board. The Miami Herald reported Alhadeff, a former teacher, won about 65 percent of the vote over two other candidates in the race for the Broward County School Board. The school district is the sixth largest in the nation and the second largest in Florida. “I am so excited. I am elated,” Alhadeff said. “I can’t wait to start making change and start making an impact on the school board.” … [Read more...] about Mom of Student Killed in Parkland Shooting Elected to School Board
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.
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?