If public education is so important, why don't people vote in school board elections?

In polls, education often tops the list of important issues for parents and voters, but school board elections are infamously low-turnout events. If education is so important, how can there be so little interest in electing the local leaders of public education? We'll ask Shennell McCloud, the Executive Director for Project Ready. Her organization focuses on improving voting turn out and building community power in Newark, NJ.

Posted by Citizen Ed on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

In polls, education often tops the list of important issues for parents and voters, but school board elections are infamously low-turnout events. If education is so important, how can there be so little interest in electing the local leaders of public education? We’ll ask Shennell McCloud, the Executive Director for Project Ready. Her organization focuses on improving voting turn out and building community power in Newark, NJ.

Watch the full conversation above and drop a comment on how you think we can increase participation when it comes to the important task of electing local education leaders.

Chris Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of Education Post, a media project of the Results in Education Foundation. He is a lifelong activist and 20-year supporter of nonprofit and education-related causes. Stewart has served as the director of outreach and external affairs for Education Post, the executive director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), and an elected member of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education.

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