The debate over coronavirus precautions and school reopening has fueled a surge of new candidates for school boards across the country.
Why it matters: What was traditionally a nonpartisan, hyper-local role is now at center of a swirling national political debate. Conservative and progressive parents have clashed over when and how to reopen classrooms — and it’s pushed some of them to run for office themselves. Grassroots conservative groups are getting involved in school board races all across the country.
Despite the polarized national debate that’s driving some of this partisan involvement, school board elections can scramble traditional ideological alignments.