As you may recall, a few months ago Reclaim ran a webinar on getting elected to school boards in New York State. The event was very well received with over 250 people registering and garnering a lot of interest and feedback.
Spring brings with it a winter thaw – but it is also School Board election season. With that in mind, and since the dates for filing various required documents is drawing close, Reclaim wanted to ensure that everyone interested in this topic had a handy “toolbox” to use for their efforts. We are thus sending out this email with links to some useful handouts and other resources. The information is from various sources that may express its partisan views, but are included simply because the source provides relevant information on the process.Learn More
First, some key 2022 dates to remember:
Be sure to check out the Reclaimnewyork.com website: reclaimnewyork.com – our website has links both to the webinar on this topic and to a packet of sample forms candidates and their committees must complete and file. However, it is up to you to obtain the current specific forms you must file for your school district.
Possibly the most useful document, although published in 2017, is a complete, user-friendly, plain English compendium explaining just about everything involved is published by the NYS School Boards Association called “Getting It Right: A Review of Election Requirements”.
Don’t let the publisher deter you – this guide, published by NYS SBA staff in 2017 has all the ins and outs and is very user-friendly. It can be found at https://www.nyssba.org/member-services/running-for-the-school-board/
One word of caution however, because this was published in 2017, you should check with the authorities cited in the compendium as to any updates or changes in the procedures since that time.
The dates and sample forms on the Reclaim website should be used as guidance only and not as legal advice; they are posted as guidelines, not statements of laws. You should consult an attorney if you have legal questions, Reclaim does not provide legal guidance.
The NYS SBA also publishes a four-page document on getting elected, located online here.
And to recap some tips from the Reclaim webinar on how to win:
Build a team of local parents and friends, meet often, create an email group chat, communicate daily, continuously add to the group as election time nears.
Lastly, don’t go it alone. National groups are ready and eager to help with money and expertise. The following are some of the national groups working with parents and local grassroots groups around the country. Reclaim’s web sites list several of them but here are just a few:
The time has never been more critical for parents to get involved and take back their and their children’s education and guidance. We hope this email has been helpful and if you have any questions feel free to contact Reclaim at email@example.com.
Acting Executive Director
Reclaim New York
Reclaim says enough is enough—it’s time to get on school boards and steer schools in the right direction – to ensure a quality education for your children. Issues regarding, budgets, services, mandates, and educational outcomes can best be addressed by joining the governing board.
In the past few months, parents have been subjected to increasingly hostile behavior from their school boards including an effort by the Attorney General of the United States and left wing groups who want to stifle discussion and dissent.
On November 16, 2021, Reclaim will hold a webinar hosted by former New York State Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey, featuring a practical step by step hands on guide for running for your local school board and taking back education from bureaucrats to where it belongs – with parents.
Over the past six months Reclaim has engaged in several surveys of concerned citizens in New York State. The Surveys were a resounding success in terms of learning more about Reclaim's base and how Reclaim can help New Yorkers make their government more transparent and accountable. Thank you!
The surveys yielded an above average level of input, attention, engagement, and activism compared to other groups and not for profit organizations. In addition, given the unusually high numbers of Reclaimers who stated that they are registered to vote, it appears that Reclaim New York represents one of the larger, most dedicated voting blocks in the State.
On behalf of all of us at Reclaim, thank you.
Acting Executive Director
Reclaim New York
We love New York, but our politicians won't police themselves. Albany politicians believe that government knows best and their friends come first. They're robbing us of our families, our finances, and our future. Their belief in the politics of envy will be the death of New York.
Somebody must stop this socialist slide, protect the taxpayer, and fight for the basic freedoms that made New York the Empire State. That somebody is Reclaim and the battle has begun.
We envision a freer New York made prosperous and competitive by improving public policy, nurturing civic engagement, and strengthening state and local government accountability.
Reclaim New York is a non-partisan, 501c3 non-profit organization that empowers freedom-minded citizens to understand the real story behind state and local policy.
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