Jonathan Rich Reveals Why More Than Parents Must Be Concerned With Their School Board

It’s an issue that has been growing in momentum throughout the nation. It has even changed the course of state-wide elections. We’ve seen it impact our local school elections recently. Why is the so-called “Parent Movement” vitally important to everyone, not just those with school-aged children? Click the link below to find out on this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report:

In the first segment, guest Jonathan Rich tells us a little bit about himself and the WNY Students First organization, of which he serves as president for. He explains the roots of the group, the counties it serves, and a little bit about its past successes (and failures). He identifies the ideal school board candidate (and the common mistakes otherwise ideal candidates fall victim to).

In the show’s second half, Rich talks about the sort of indicators everyday residents no matter their party affiliation can monitor to detect if they need to be worried about their local school board. He then reviews the roles of state-wide candidates, including this year’s gubernatorial candidates. Finally, he offers ways interested voters can get involved. Specifically, within the Greater Western New York Region, he suggested:

Any NYS resident: WNY Students First – wnystudentsfirst.org |

Rochester & Monroe County residents: FAIR – fairforall.org

Our guest happily answered questions from the live audience. In fact, these are probably some of the same questions you had. Would you like to be a live audience member so you can ask our guests questions? Click here to join the growing number of members who share your feelings on StateOf.GreaterWesternNewYork.com because then we can automatically send you the link to watch our shows live.

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  1. Jonathan makes a great observation regarding who votes in school board elections. It’s a small fraction of the voting population, even in districts that had a higher turnout this past year.