The increase in outside money in local school board elections
The school board races have become one of the most contentious midterm elections of 2022.
Previously, it was mostly local business, with contestants typically raising less than $1,000 from friends and family. But today, it’s not uncommon for large national political action committees to sink tens of thousands in a single race.
“There’s good and bad that money can bring,” said Rebecca Jacobsen, professor of education policy at Michigan State University.
Jacobsen traces the rise in outside money to the nationalization of school board politics — a trend she says goes back more than a decade and has been supercharged by pandemic and culture war concerns.
Today, we discuss with Jacobsen the implications of outside money in school board elections for education policy and local democracy.
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