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Dec. 5th Runoff Elections for Five Seats on the Orleans Parish School Board: Why this Race Matters

Tomorrow (December 5th) is the runoff election for several local races, from Orleans Parish District Attorney to five different seats on the Orleans Parish School Board. CollegeFit encourages its readers to vote, if eligible. Additionally, CollegeFit is endorsing Antoinette Williams to represent District 5 on the Orleans Parish School Board, as she is uniquely qualified to be a voice for students.

As an educational nonprofit based in New Orleans, CollegeFit is a proud advocate for innovation in educational structures. From working with local organizations like Upward Bound tutoring or the Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services to connecting mentees with college students on several different campuses, CollegeFit believes there are many avenues to creating equity and opportunity for students. One of these avenues is local politics.

On November 4th, New Orleans Public Radio published an article, Orleans Parish School Board Largely Undecided, about a tight and ongoing race for five of the seven seats on the Orleans Parish School Board. 20 candidates were vying for the seven seats, making this race twice as crowded and competitive as the 2016 race.

School boards are essential public bodies that determine educational policy affecting students in their districts. Since New Orleans became the first city to implement an all-Charter school system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Orleans Parish school board has an unprecedented and uniquely influential role in the lives of local students.

If you are eligible to vote in one of the five districts heading into a runoff, CollegeFit strongly encourages you to head to the polls tomorrow. For more information on the candidates and districts, please read this article. For information on polling sites, voter eligibility, and voting safely during COVID-19, check out this article.

Finally, CollegeFit is endorsing Antoinette Williams to represent District 5 on the Orleans Parish School Board. If elected, Ms. Williams will be the youngest member on the School Board and the only member to have been a student in the all-charter system. Having worked with numerous students and schools in the Charter-system, CollegeFit believes Ms. William’s perspective is vital the School Board. You can read more about Ms. Williams on her website.

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