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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Mary Ann Wolf’s “Final Word” from the Oct. 3, 2020 broadcast of Education Matters -“A discussion with the N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates.” Wolf is president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.


Elections matter and we appreciated the opportunity to hear from Dr. Jen Mangrum and Catherine Truitt, the Democratic and Republican candidates for State Superintendent. We are grateful to them for taking time to speak with us and for running for statewide office. Our democracy needs more than ever public servants who are committed to serving in challenging yet incredibly important leadership roles. It’s a significant undertaking to run for office.

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Q&A with State Board of Education candidates | Election2020

Angelina County residents will choose the next member of the State Board of Education in the Nov. 3 election. Republican incumbent Kevin Ellis is facing Democratic contender Brenda Davis.

Candidates for the position were asked by The Lufkin Daily News to share information about themselves and their platforms. Each received email surveys with the same questions and word-count limits.

Their responses are listed in the order in which their names appear on the Nov. 3 ballot, according to the Angelina County Elections Administration.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election is Monday. The last day to hand vote-by-mail applications over the counter in the office is Oct. 12. Early voting begins on Oct. 13.

Tell us about yourself.

Ellis: I have been a practicing chiropractor in Lufkin for over 20 years. I served on the Lufkin ISD school board from 2012 to 2016 where I

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Candidates for Minneapolis school board push for equity in education

Concerns about equity in education are driving candidates running for the Minneapolis school board this fall, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the rollout of a controversial Comprehensive District Design plan.

Four seats are on the Nov. 3 ballot: incumbent Kim Ellison is facing Michael Dueñes for the at-large seat; Christa Mims and Adriana Cerrillo, both first-time candidates, are running to represent District 4, an area including downtown and neighborhoods near Lake of the Isles and Bde Maka Ska; incumbent KerryJo Felder faces Sharon El-Amin to represent District 2 in north Minneapolis; and incumbent Ira Jourdain is the sole candidate in the district encompassing southwest Minneapolis.

In the primary election for the at-large and District 4 seats, Ellison and Mims received the most votes.

Both Ellison and Dueñes name equity as the top focus in the at-large race. But they disagree on whether the Comprehensive District Design achieves that. The plan,

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See who is endorsing candidates for Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education

KALAMAZOO, MI — From former Kalamazoo mayor Bobby Hopewell to organizations like Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, community leaders and groups are endorsing candidates in the run for Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education.

Incumbents Patti Sholler-Barber, TiAnna Harrison and Jason Morris are campaigning for another six-year term on the seven-member board while Marshall Kilgore and Megan Maddock are trying to win two of those seats in the Nov. 3 general election.

Voters will also decide a two-year partial term on the school board. Incumbent Ken Greschak is running unopposed for that seat.

The three incumbents are campaigning together, with many yard signs and mailers encouraging residents to “vote for experience.”

Sholler-Barber, 71, was first elected to the school board in 2006 and currently serves as president. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and certifications from WMU.

Harrison, 43, first joined the school board as a 2014

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Elizabeth Garbe and M. Royce Van Tassell: A chance to see candidates for the Utah Board of Education

Perhaps the most underappreciated elected officials in Utah are members of the state Board of Education. The Utah Constitution assigns them collectively “general control and supervision” of all of public education, which means they administer more than $5.6 billion to the state’s schools each year.

They send the money to every school district and charter school that pays for your children’s teachers. And they verify that schools followed all the state and federal rules governing how to spend those dollars.

And while the Legislature meets for 45 consecutive days each year, then adjourns “sine die,” the Board of Education continues its work year-round. Each month, the members consider rules the Legislature has required them to write. They adopt and revise the standards schools must follow. They evaluate which teachers receive a teaching license and which teaching licenses they need to revoke. In other words, they have an enormous impact on

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Seven candidates are vying to fill John Lewis’s seat in a special election.

John Lewis’s tenure representing Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District spanned 33 years. His successor, at the most, can lay claim to the office for 97 days.

Still, seven candidates are running in a special election on Tuesday to serve out the remainder of Mr. Lewis’s term representing a district that covers parts of Atlanta and spreads into the suburbs.

Mr. Lewis, a pioneering figure in the civil rights movement who was regarded by colleagues as the “conscience of Congress,” died on July 17 of pancreatic cancer after holding his House seat for 17 terms.

The contenders in Tuesday’s election, with a mixed-party ballot, include five Democrats, one independent and a Libertarian. None of the candidates are on the November ballot that will decide who will be sworn into office in January for a full two-year term.

The process to replace Mr. Lewis was set in motion within hours of his death,

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KnowFully Healthcare Education Announces Scholarship for Pharmacy Students and NAPLEX Candidates

RADNOR, Pa., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Company will offer the monetary scholarship to college students working towards a Pharmacy degree and currently attending an accredited college or university within the U.S. This scholarship will run each semester, offering a first place prize of $750 and a second place prize of a full NAPLEX review course. Applications are currently open until December 10th, 2020.

To be considered for this scholarship, the application will consist of a video submission answering questions relevant to the pharmacy world and how the candidate envisions it changing. These applications are then reviewed by a judging committee comprised of KnowFully Healthcare experts and advisers, using a competitive judging criteria.

“In a world where healthcare is more important than ever, we at KnowFully are committed to not only empowering individuals to pass this important exam in order to become a pharmacist, but also growing

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Non-partisan website helps educate voters on local candidates

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A new website is helping people get more information on local candidates.

It’s a busy election season.

It can be hard to know where to look for more information about who’s on your ballot.

“It’s definitely trickier to find information on people who are less in the mainstream,” said Ben Berwick, a voter.

It’s especially hard when there are a lot of officers to vote for.

“You go in knowing who you’re going to vote for, for President,” said Courtney Paul, a voter. “Then you go, okay, here’s all these local people.”

The creators of Voter 411 ENC want to make those choices easier.

“People shouldn’t be left voting on the basis of yard signs,” said Cindy Elmore, a professor at ECU. “That’s not good for democracy.”

Elmore said the idea came to here when she was trying to find more information on her local candidates

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Why parents should stay informed about the candidates running in their district

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The COVID-19 pandemic took many students and teachers from the classroom to their living rooms. The virus closed school campuses across the nation and caused school board members to make controversial decisions for their districts, on whether to go back on campus for in person learning or begin the school year virtually. A decision that can only be made by the school board of education.

Carol Lloyd is the Vice President and editorial director of Great!Schools, a national website that offers information on public and private schools throughout the nation. Lloyd told 23ABC it’s important parents know who sits on their school boards because they are responsible for making all of the big fundamental decisions like hiring the Superintendent and budget decisions.

“It’s amazing how few parents actually understand what a school board does, and we know that only 10% of voters turn out for these elections.

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BOE candidates asked about teacher retention, 21st century skills | Education

Most candidates running for Washington County Board of Education seats agree that online distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic will help students meet an uncertain future.

In the spring, students met the challenges of going from in-person to virtual learning, the candidates said during a Thursday forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Washington County.

The candidates said students continue to meet those challenges.

“We’re experiencing it now because we’ve had to make a major shift due to COVID,” incumbent board member Pieter Bickford said. “It wasn’t perfect in the spring, but we’ve certainly made some major improvements in the fall. I think we’re going to see some benefits once schools get back to normal. The things we’re doing today will never change.”

The seven candidates running in the Nov. 3 election for four open seats on the school board shared their views on several subjects during the

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