School board elections: controversies related to Covid bring new candidates
Despite the vitriol, some parents decided that it was more important than ever to get involved. While there is no database to track school board races across the country, fresh money poured into races and a number of efforts to recall incumbents indicate that some boards will experience a reshuffle after Tuesday’s elections.
Money rushes in
Back to School Pa was started with a donation of $ 10,000 from Martino to support 94 primary candidates. Over the summer he received requests from 200 more local groups looking for money. He wrote checks worth $ 10,000 to everyone he accepted and also provided training on the campaign.
The “Trump effect” persists
“I think we’re still against the Trump effect,” said Beth Connor, a former teacher with three children in the district who was supported by Reimagine Radnor. She says she has been registered as both a Democrat and a Republican in the past and ran in large part because she felt national politics were seeping into board decisions .
Yet the Republican-backed candidates in this suburb won a higher percentage of votes than in previous school board races, giving Connor hope that progress has been made towards school board balance.
“We have moved the needle. There is a real movement for parents to get involved in the education of their children, and for me to be able to participate a little, it is great,” she said. .
Reminder of efforts
Education could be a winning issue
The National Republican Party may view Youngkin’s campaign as a playbook for next year’s congressional midterm election, but it’s not clear whether school issues will remain at the fore. Policies to reopen schools and concerns about running programs may have peaked.
“It’s a real open question whether a year from now it’s the issues that transform people. I’m skeptical,” said Jeffrey Henig, professor of political science and education at Columbia University.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article noted the incorrect day for election results.