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September 12, 2023

We’re Preparing for the Biggest Game of the Season: School Board Elections

COSF releases an action guide to defending public education this school board election season

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Campaign for Our Shared Future unveiled The Movement Playbook, an action guide to defend public education and prepare school board elections. The rise of curriculum censorship, book bans, and political meddling in K-12 education along with more than 30,000 school board races across the country this year means it’s the year of the school board and the stakes are high. 

“In classrooms and school districts across the country there have been some disturbing shifts in the way extremist politicians are meddling in our students' education. Instead of focusing on the things our children need to succeed they are sowing misinformation and division to try and gain political power and win elections," said Heather Harding Ed.D., COSF Executive Director. “We created The Movement Playbook to give families, students, and community members the tools to take back control of their schools. Our students are best served when families and educators work together and decisions are made in conjunction with school board members who understand the unique needs of the community.”  

The Movement Playbook provides messaging, a glossary of commonly used terms, resources for talking with potential voters, and other tips to guide planning before, during and after elections. Whether your group is big or small, this playbook outlines all the essential information needed to elect all-star school board representatives. 

In addition to the playbook COSF is also hosting a training series led by staff dedicated to grassroots organizing. With these resources, community advocates will have the tools to positively contribute to our children’s education one election at a time. 


The Campaign for Our Shared Future (COSF) is a non-partisan effort to support high-quality K-12 education and preserve access, inclusion, and meaningful content in our schools so that every student has an opportunity to succeed and thrive. COSF is a common ground effort committed to fighting the attack on education across the country.

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