SCHOOL BOARD TURNOVER–WHAT’S HAPPENING WHERE YOU ARE?
The results of the Virginia election have been widely reported, but less known is that there is a national effort underway to challenge and overturn school boards. This effort had a great deal of success in the elections last week.
The Wall Street Journal editorial board commented on the “parental revolt.” “Voters flipped the school board in Douglas County, Colo., with the election of four candidates focused on parental and student rights who ran under the Vote4KidsFirst slate . . . Same in Wichita, Kan., which had one of the highest turnouts for a non-mayoral election in years. Voters deposed three incumbents on the school board. And in the Des Moines, Iowa, suburb of Ankeny, conservative candidates won all three open seats on the seven-member board. In the Dallas suburb of Southlake, parents rallied after the Carroll Independent School District sought to enshrine woke policies and a ‘cultural competence action plan’ in the curriculum.”
Even in districts that did not have a school board election scheduled, the Journal explained, ” A spike in recall elections this year is another symptom of the parental fury. Ballotpedia has tracked 84 school board recall efforts against 215 members in 2021. (Some proved unsuccessful, while others are pending.) That’s up from an annual average of 23 recall efforts against 52 members between 2006 and 2020. Three members of the San Francisco school board face a recall election in early 2022.”
Along the same lines, a 19 year old ran for school board and won. “Nicholas Seppy told the Washington Examiner he ran because he saw that ‘parents were not being listened to’ and he ‘wanted to give them a voice on behalf of their children.'”
The Journal editors concluded, “But Covid and the woke agenda have been eye-opening.” You may not remember, but in May of 2020, in an article entitled “School Board Corruption Runs Amuck and Nobody is Voting“, IFA asked you to pray this:
Father, we come to you in the Name of Jesus and ask for a revival in America’s local communities. Give Your people a voice in their local schools as they take their place as the leaders You called them to be. Let those who stand for righteousness not back down but grant them larger platforms to declare your freedom for the children in their local public schools.
God has heard and is answering this prayer with a resounding YES!
Are you seeing an answer to this prayer where you live? Please let us know in the comments! And please share this article with your friends–it will increase their faith.
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