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School Board Recalls Force Contentious Fights About Race, Virus Politics on Local Stages


People don't like wearing masks. Or they don't want to get vaccinated against COVID-19. They're mad about being holed up at home with their kids, and they're nervous about the national discussion of race relations.

Those are conflicts that affect policy discussions and campaigns at the national and state level. But mostly conservative activists are now taking the effort way down the ticket, targeting school board members and trying to replace the largely volunteer panels with people more sympathetic to their views, experts say.

Ballotpedia, a nonpartisan site that tracks elections and campaigns, reports that recall efforts to oust local school board members have spiked dramatically, going from 29 efforts to 54 this year so far. The current tally affects 135 officials, by Ballotpedia's count.


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