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Group Offers School Board Activist Training Nationwide

by Nanette Holt

SARASOTA, Fla.—People from all stages of life—with and without children in public schools—are filling workshops across the country designed to prepare them to challenge local school boards on issues and help school board candidates they support get elected.

In January, it was a mostly conservative crowd, hopeful they’d learn how to right a lop-sided, left-leaning school board, who attended activist training in Sarasota offered by the Leadership Institute. The institute, officially nonpartisan, is based in Arlington, Virginia. Its instructors have mentored people of a variety of beliefs on how to become effectively involved in politics. But the group unabashedly aims to give conservatives an edge…

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