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Masks, equity, culture wars at forefront of Minnesota school board elections

Contentious disagreements and clashes at meetings led to dozens of resignations by school board members


October 26, 2021

Candidates for the school board in Minnetonka, Minn., participate in student-led forum on Oct. 18. Courtesy of Amin Rahmatullah

In some ways, it's a quiet election this year. Some school districts are asking voters to approve referendums to pay for operating or capital costs. Just over two dozen districts have their regularly scheduled school board elections.

But for an odd year, Minnesota School Boards Association executive director Kirk Schneidawind said there are an unusually high number of district special elections.

"We have a number of special elections around filling vacant seats. We've seen a number of school board members have resigned or moved on to special positions and as a result it's going to require some elections," Schneidawind said. "It certainly is a number that is higher than normal."


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