It’s been a week since Delaware voters decided who runs our schools (see our interactive viz of results here)! Less than 2 percent of eligible voters participated for another year. But this is not a cause of despair for us.

Through our “Who Runs Our Schools?” campaign, we learned valuable lessons, made connections with community members and encouraged a statewide conversation that will give momentum to election turnout in 2019 and years to come.

We can create more opportunities for community voice, too!

Next month, lawmakers could reduce the school board term length from five to four years, giving great candidates more chances to run and community members more chances to vote.

Click here to ask your elected officials to support HB 278!

Five years is longer than other elected terms in Delaware—even those for state representatives and state senators. It also makes it harder to ensure school board members are accountable to the constituencies they serve.

Let’s change that.

I hope to see you at the polls in 2019, and I hope that you’ll choose to get involved in the months to come as we advocate for great schools in The First State.

P.S. – Want to see how the story of “Who Runs Our Schools?” unfolded across social media? Check it out!

Atnre Alleyne is the executive director of DelawareCAN. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware.


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