A Student Ran for School Board … and Won
How inaction on climate, curriculum, and right-wing extremism drove one 18-year-old to unseat an incumbent.
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Public schools have become hotly debated—what’s on the curriculum and what isn’t; which books are allowed and which aren’t. But one voice frequently missing from these debates is that of the people most affected: students.
One high school senior in Idaho decided to speak up by running for school board, and he won by unseating an incumbent who had been endorsed by right-wing extremists.
Guest: Shiva Rajbandari, senior at Boise High School and recently elected member to the Boise School District Board of Trustees
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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, and Madeline Ducharme, with help from Anna Phillips, and Jared Downing.