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Angry with Your Local School Board? Run for Office. 

‘School closures during COVID were an epic public policy blunder’

By Shawn Steel, July 22, 2022 2:30 am

If the mere mention of Zoom school elevates your blood pressure, it’s time to take action.

This week, school districts throughout California opened the candidate filing window. That’s the four-week window in which any registered voter can file as a candidate for school board.

Democrat politicians are nervous.

After closing our public schools and forcing our kids to wear masks, school board members know that they’re vulnerable to pro-parent challengers in the November election. They’re hoping parents won’t notice the August 12th candidate filing deadline, and rightly so. If no other candidate files for office, the Democrat school board incumbent cruises to another four-year term without a single vote being cast.

We need parents to take action by running for their local school board. That starts by filing as a candidate before August 12th.

I know, I know. If you’re an active parent, you’ve already got a million things going on. Running for your local school board is the last thing on your mind. Frankly, that initial reluctance is exactly what makes you the ideal person to serve our community.

First, let me remind you what they’ve done. Democrats’ COVID-19 policies caused catastrophic learning loss, long-term gaps in reading comprehension and basic math skills, potentially irreversible mental health problems, and “the largest increase in educational inequity in a generation.”

“The evidence shows that school closures during COVID were an epic public policy blunder,” points out Stephen Moore, the co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity. “The school lockdowns in many states were arguably the most significant episode of government-sponsored child abuse in American history.”

Even members of the media establishment have acknowledged the long-term damage done to our kids.

“School closures, lockdowns, cancellation of sports,” lamented CBS reporter Jan Crawford. “A tremendous negative impact on kids… it’s hurt their dreams, their future learning loss, risk of abuse, their mental health.”

“If our policies don’t reflect a more measured and reasonable approach for our children,” she concluded, “they will be paying for our generation’s decisions, the rest of their lives.”

That’s where parents come in.

If you’ve attended a school board meeting in the last two years, you know that many school board members are openly hostile to parents. Some even struggle to suppress their true anti-parent views. Last fall, Democrat Marlys Davidson, a member of the Los Alamitos Unified School District, was caught on a hot mic cursing at parents, who took the time to attend a school board meeting.

It’s not enough to simply vote the bums out in November. If we don’t recruit candidates, there won’t an election. Parents can mobilize campaigns to counter the special interest groups. What we lack in money, we can make up for with organization, mobilization and sweat equity.

From now until August 12th, we need parents to file as candidates for school board. Here’s what you can do:

·        Contact Your County Registrar of Voters: Immediately contact your local County Registrar of Voters and ask for all school board elections in your area. School board members are elected to staggered 4-year terms. Half the board is up for reelection every two years.

·        Obtain Candidate Forms: After confirming that you live within the district boundaries and meet the candidate qualifications, obtain the candidate nomination paperwork.

·        Collect Signatures from Your Neighbors: Ask your friends, family, neighbors and fellow parents to sign your nomination papers. Make sure that any signatories live within your school board district.

·        Return Paperwork by August 12: Be sure to return the necessary paperwork in-person at the Registrar of Voters, who must administer the oath of office.

Time to act. We need your help. We need your voice.

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2 thoughts on “Angry with Your Local School Board? Run for Office. 

  1. Yes, a friend of mine is doing exactly this – running for school board office. His strategy is to keep a low profile in order to side-step the hostility.

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