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Taking a stand on important issues


Establishing a platform for your candidacy involves being informed about the specific issues facing your school district, and then articulating your position on those issues. Below are some issues that might affect your district:

  • Financial concerns such as inadequate state aid, budgeting, the property tax cap, reserve funds and unfunded mandates (i.e., requirements imposed on the district by the state without funding).
  • School safety initiatives such as hiring school resource officers and enhancing security.
  • Governance issues such as good relationships between members of the board of education and the superintendent.
  • Capital projects such as improvement or maintenance of school facilities.
  • Employee relations, particularly superintendent turnover and searching for a new superintendent.
  • Mental health, or ensuring students have access to appropriate supports for maintaining social and emotional well-being.
  • Student achievement, or ensuring that every student has the opportunity to achieve at the highest level possible.
  • Communication between the board and the public, as well as the board and staff.

Other issues you might consider adopting a position on include: the alternative veterans’ exemption, school start times, standardized testing and “opting out.” Having a clear position on issues will prepare you for participating in public forums as well as meetings with district stakeholders and your local editorial board. Learn more about key education issues.


Taking a stand on important issues




Establishing a platform for your candidacy involves articulating your position on specific issues facing your school district, such as:

  • Financial concerns such as inadequate state aid, budgeting, and the property tax cap.
  • School safety initiatives such as hiring school resource officers and enhancing security.
  • Governance issues such as good relationships between the board of education and the superintendent.
  • Capital projects such as improvement or maintenance of school facilities.
  • Employee relations, particularly superintendent turnover.
  • Mental health, or ensuring students have access to appropriate supports for maintaining social and emotional well-being.
  • Student achievement, or ensuring that every student has the opportunity to achieve at the highest level possible.

  • Communication between the board and the public, as well as the board and staff.

Having a clear position on issues will prepare you for participating in public forums as well as meetings with district stakeholders and your local editorial board. Learn more about key education issues.