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#19: Buying Influence: Big Money and School Board Elections

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In this latest episode of the 'Have You Heard' podcast, Jennifer Berkshire and education historian Jack Schneider interview Michigan professor Rebecca Jacobsen about the role of big money in school board elections. Jacobsen has studied this relatively new phenomenon and identified 96 super-rich individuals who have decided that buying local school boards is fun. Others would call it the corruption of democracy. A sample: 'we are concerned that this outside money has the potential to really drown out particular voices and particular issues that might be really important to the local community, but aren't necessarily seen or recognized by this larger national agenda...like the role that adult education plays in supporting student learning.,,, There was no conversation to be had around that issue because they just didn't have the ability to publicize it.'

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