The NPS Advisory School Board Election is April 19, 2016. To increase voter participation, we invited our partners from a variety of local community-based organizations to share their thoughts on the importance of voting.
For each partner organization, we asked:
- Why is voting important for citizens?
- Why do school board elections matter? What's at stake when people don't vote?
- How can we encourage more families to get out to vote?
- As voters take to the polls, What attributes and qualifications do you consider essential for effective school board members?
And, here is what we heard:
- Voting is essential to democracy and honors the history of African-American voting;
- It is not enough to just vote. Instead, voters should be knowledgeable about the issues and candidates;
- The absence of local control has had a negative impact on parent and community engagement efforts.
NJBAEO- Focus on Parents
Lavar Young, Executive Director, Newark
Shanell Dunns, Deputy Director, Newark
Ray Ocasio, Executive Director, La Casa de Don Pedro
É muito importante votar nas eleições do próximo conselho das escolas publicas, porque a comunidade precisa de tomar parte nas decisões. A Comunidade deve ter os líderes certo a fazer as melhor decisões para as nossas crianças. Por isso vote dia 19 de Abril e decha a sua voz ser ouvida.
Sarah Cruz, Ironbound Community Corporation