Author: Samuel Wonacott

  • Hall Pass: Your Ticket to Understanding School Board Politics, Edition #105

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    Welcome to Hall Pass, a newsletter written to keep you plugged into the conversations driving school board politics and governance. In today’s edition, you’ll find: Reply to this email to share reactions or story ideas! On the issues: The debate over attendance- or enrollment-based funding for schools In this section, we curate reporting, analysis, and…

  • 77% of the elections Ballotpedia covered in March were uncontested

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    Welcome to the Friday, April 5, Brew.  By: Samuel Wonacott Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Seventy-seven percent of the elections Ballotpedia covered in March were uncontested  As part of Ballotpedia’s growing coverage of the nation’s local elections (with a goal of eventually covering all of them), we will be…

  • Hall Pass: Your Ticket to Understanding School Board Politics, Edition #104

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    Welcome to Hall Pass, a newsletter written to keep you plugged into the conversations driving school board politics and governance. In today’s edition, you’ll find: Reply to this email to share reactions or story ideas! On the issues: The debate over school chaplains In this section, we curate reporting, analysis, and commentary on the issues…

  • The 8th-closest California statewide ballot measure since 1908

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    Welcome to the Friday, March 29, Brew.  By: Samuel Wonacott Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: California Proposition 1 is the eighth-closest statewide ballot measure election since at least 1908, with a margin of 0.38 percentage points  On March 5, California voters approved Proposition 1, a measure changing how the…

  • Hall Pass: Your Ticket to Understanding School Board Politics, Edition #103

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    Welcome to Hall Pass, a newsletter written to keep you plugged into the conversations driving school board politics and governance. In today’s edition, you’ll find: Reply to this email to share reactions or story ideas! On the issues: The debate over four-day school weeks  In this section, we curate reporting, analysis, and commentary on the…

  • Wisconsin REINS Act at center of state regulatory impasse

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    Welcome to the Friday, March 22, Brew.  By: Samuel Wonacott Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Wisconsin REINS Act at center of state regulatory impasse  A back-and-forth between Wisconsin officials over how to address groundwater contamination in the state gets at the heart of debates over the administrative state—how much…

  • Hall Pass: Your Ticket to Understanding School Board Politics, Edition #102

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    Welcome to Hall Pass, a newsletter written to keep you plugged into the conversations driving school board politics and governance. In today’s edition, you’ll find: Reply to this email to share reactions or story ideas! On the issues: The debate over Indiana’s Eyes on Education portal In this section, we curate reporting, analysis, and commentary…

  • What’s on the ballot next week in Illinois

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    By: Samuel Wonacott Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Clarification: In the March 13 Brew, we wrote that the Alaska Repeal Top-Four Ranked-Choice Voting Initiative was certified for the Nov. 5, 2024, general election ballot. We should have said the initiative qualified for the ballot. While the initiative will appear…

  • Hall Pass: Your Ticket to Understanding School Board Politics, Edition #101

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    Welcome to Hall Pass, a newsletter written to keep you plugged into the conversations driving school board politics and governance. In today’s edition, you’ll find: Reply to this email to share reactions or story ideas! On the issues: The debate over sex education curriculum In this section, we curate reporting, analysis, and commentary on the…

  • 46% of the elections Ballotpedia covered in February were uncontested

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    Welcome to the Friday, March 8, Brew.  By: Samuel Wonacott Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day: Forty-six percent of the elections Ballotpedia covered in February were uncontested  As part of Ballotpedia’s growing coverage of the nation’s local elections (with a goal of eventually covering all of them), we will be…