Why You Should Vote for School Board and an Event to Get You Ready

The Pittsburgh Board of Education spends more money than the city, yet voters don't show up for board elections. Here's how to learn more about the candidates in the upcoming election.

People will stand in line to vote for President. They'll even come out big for a big Senate race. But School Board? Apathy.

Consider this: a handful of school board members have the power to shape our children's education. And in Pittsburgh they spend a bigger budget than the city, with an operating budget of nearly $645 million according to Vote School Board First . Yet the group says only 1 of 5 registered voters votes for school board.

If your excuse is that you don't know anything about the candidates, A+ Schools and a coalition of community partners are setting out to change that. They're organizing a forum to hear from School Board candidates in districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 (click here to see if you live in one of those districts). Candidates will be asked questions about how they would be the best to represent students, families and taxpayers on the School Board. There will be opportunities for questions from the audience.

The event is Wednesday, April 24 at the Kauffman Center auditorium (1825 Centre Ave. Pittsburgh 15219) in the Hill District, next to the Hill House. Doors open at 5:30 and the event starts at 6pm. Visit the Vote School Board First website for more information on each of the candidates prior to the event. And click here to register for the event, which is free.

The event is sponsored by APOST, ARYSE. BPEP, Latino Community Center, Lawrenceville United, Pittsburgh Project, Pittsburgh Promise, PUMP, Trying Together, The University of Pittsburgh's Office of Child Development, Urban League and Youth Places.

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