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Approximately 1,400 locally elected officials govern the state's 236 traditional public school districts, determining the return on investment of $5.8 billion in local, state and federal funding for K-12 public education in Arkansas. That includes 41% of the state's general revenue and 2/3 to 4/5 of local property taxes.

Public school districts are also the largest local government entities in the state, generally dwarfing their respective city and county budgets. Because of our efforts in the 91st General Assembly, school boards must now choose to hold their elections either in May (Primary) or November (General).

To maximize participation in local districts, we strongly encourage districts to follow the lead of the Bentonville, Helena-West Helena and Pulaski County Special School Districts, which set local and state records for voter turnout in school elections, and choose November.

Talent now drives economic development. And the biggest piece of the talent pipeline is Pre-K-12 public education. Nothing is more important to the present and future of our families, communities and state than the delivery of excellent public education options, including industry-relevant career pathways, for all students. With nearly $150,000 invested in each student during their 13 years in the K-12 system, we must elect and re-elect leaders who demand these fundamental business principles in the governance of our public schools:

  • Student Focus
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Rewards
  • Choice

To run for school board, candidates must:

  • be a qualified elector of the school district served whose name has been filed and certified by the county clerk of the county in which the school district is domiciled for administrative purposes;
  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be an Arkansas resident;
  • be a resident of the district and respective electoral zone if elected from zones;
  • not be an employee of the district served;
  • not claim the right to vote in another county or state;
  • not presently be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction;
  • never have been convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery, or other infamous crime.

Run for school board. Lives, families, and the present and future of your city, region and state depend on it.

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