Analysis: It Isn't Always Angry Parents Behind School Board Recalls - When the Teachers Union Tries to Unseat Board Members
November 19, 2021
This year, school board elections gained national attention in a way never seen before. Irate parents and citizens berating trustees and calling for their ouster became fodder for television news and social media. Ballotpedia reported that recall attempts nearly tripled in 2021.
The press has examined the phenomenon, finding explanations in protests against school closures, critical race theory and mask mandates. In places where protests are highly organized, the efforts are attributed to Republicans trying to ride a popular wave to electoral victory, or to election losers in general seeking "revenge."
Rather than scrutinize this entire wave of recalls - a task already ably accomplished by Kevin Mahnken in The 74 earlier this month - let's take a look at recall attempts against one school board that didn't make the national news, mostly because they didn't involve the usual suspects, and the organizer was the teachers union.