School Boards

Illustration showing diversity with multi-colored human figures.
ajijchan/iStock/Getty
School & District Management How to Recruit and Retain School Board Members of Color
Pay, staffing, and support are key ingredients to persuade people of color to run for their local school board, experts say.
Eesha Pendharkar, November 22, 2022
5 min read
Protesters gather outside the Moms for Liberty National Summit, July 15, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. Republican groups that sought to get hundreds of “parents’ rights” activists elected to local school boards largely fell short in Tuesday’s elections. The push has been boosted by Republican groups including the 1776 Project PAC, but just a third of its roughly 50 candidates won.
Protesters gather outside the Moms for Liberty National Summit, in Tampa, Fla., in July.
Lauren Witte/Tampa Bay Times via AP
School & District Management Conservative Advocates Vow Continued Push for School Board Seats Despite Middling Midterms
Groups like Moms for Liberty failed to ignite a wave of local school board takeovers but still plan to invest in such races.
Libby Stanford, November 16, 2022
6 min read
Image of small arrows adding energy to a larger arrow moving forward.
Laura Baker/Education Week and DigitalVision Vectors
School & District Management Why National Advocates Are Getting More Involved in School Board Elections
Outside political groups have spent millions in campaigns for school board members that represent their views.
Libby Stanford, October 31, 2022
10 min read
Jose Dotres, a candidate for Miami-Dade County schools superintendent, takes part in a public interview before the Florida district's school board in January.
Jose Dotres, a candidate for Miami-Dade County schools superintendent, takes part in a public interview before the Florida district's school board in January.
Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP
School & District Management Nearly Two-Thirds of School Board Members Set to Step Down, Survey Finds
An advocacy group's report says the expected turnover provides an opportunity to create more diverse school boards.
Eesha Pendharkar, October 20, 2022
5 min read
School & District Management Video How a High School Student Became a School Board Member
This high school senior in Idaho beat out an incumbent to become his city's first student school board member. Here's how.
Kaylee Domzalski, October 18, 2022
2:33
Conceptual Illustration of school board elections voting
iStock/Getty Images
School & District Management Q&A An Idaho Student Won a School Board Seat. He Has a Message for Students Everywhere
Shiva Rajbhandari defeated an incumbent candidate this September on a platform for student voice.
Ileana Najarro, October 11, 2022
6 min read
Protesters hold signs at a Moms for Liberty rally at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on October 9, 2021. About 100 people attended the rally to protest mask and vaccine mandates.
Protesters hold signs at a Moms for Liberty rally at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., on October 9, 2021. The group is gearing up to train and support candidates across the country who support its "parental rights" agenda.
Paul Weaver/Sipa via AP Images
Families & the Community 'Parental Rights' Poised to Be Hot Issue in School Board Races
A fast-growing conservative group is pushing a parents' rights pledge for school board candidates.
Eesha Pendharkar, October 5, 2022
6 min read
Hands of a group of three people with rainbow flag bracelets.
Ladanifer/iStock/Getty
Equity & Diversity After Debate Citing Indoctrination and Nazis, Miami-Dade School Board Rejects LGBTQ Month
The board voted 8-1 against recognizing October as LGBTQ History Month and teaching 12th graders about two landmark Supreme Court cases.
Sommer Brugal, Miami Herald, September 8, 2022
4 min read
Conceptual picture of transgender flag overlaying shadows and silhouettes of anonymous people on a road.
iStock/Getty Images Plus
Equity & Diversity Texas School District Imposes Broad Restrictions on Transgender Students' Rights
The policy addresses bathroom use, students' pronouns, and library books, and it prohibits discussion of gender fluidity in the classroom.
Eesha Pendharkar, September 7, 2022
4 min read
Southlake parent Sravan Krishna attempted to donate "In God We Trust" posters during an Aug. 29, 2022, school board meeting.
Southlake parent Sravan Krishna attempted to donate "In God We Trust" posters during an Aug. 29, 2022, school board meeting.
Carroll Independent School District via TNS
Equity & Diversity Texas School District Rejects ‘In God We Trust’ Signs Featuring Rainbows, Arabic
Under a new law, Texas public schools are required to hang posters emblazoned with “In God We Trust” if someone donates a poster.
Talia Richman, The Dallas Morning News, August 30, 2022
2 min read
The Spreckels Union School District board listens to public comment during a board meeting in Spreckels, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. A mother who claims teachers secretly manipulated her 11-year-old daughter into changing her gender identity and name has filed a legal case against the school district.
Members of the Spreckels Union school district board in California listen to public comment during a board meeting last December.
Nic Coury/AP
Equity & Diversity Opinion School Boards' Diversity Problem Goes Deeper Than You Realize
With few Black and brown members, some boards have amplified fringe voices, writes the head of the Leaders of Color organization.
Mike Bland, April 29, 2022
5 min read
Board agendaFCG
Canva
Policy & Politics Opinion Tired of Uninformed School Board Candidates? Try Asking These Questions
Candidates who peddle fear mongering as the cornerstone of their platforms are often clueless about what really goes on in schools.
Peter DeWitt, April 19, 2022
8 min read
A multiple exposure of a wooden gavel and a long row of columns from a courthouse.
iStock/Getty Images Plus
Law & Courts A School Board Has the Right to Censure a Rogue Member, U.S. Supreme Court Says
The unanimous ruling in the case of a community college board member offers reassurance for K-12 boards riven by internal tensions.
Mark Walsh, March 24, 2022
6 min read
Photo of woman on job interview
fizkes/Getty
Recruitment & Retention Vision, Your House in Order, and an Extra $20K: What It Now Takes to Hire a Superintendent
Here are six things school boards need to know about today's volatile—and competitive—job market for superintendents.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 2, 2022
8 min read