How a group of Minnetonka High School students are evaluating school board candidates

Three students ask questions as moderators.
Minnetonka High School students Jin Bang (left), Deepti Pillai and Maheen Rahmatullah lead a forum for school board candidates on Oct. 18.
Photo by Amin Rahmatullah

School board members across the state have faced increased debate around everything from mask mandates to critical race theory.

The clashes over COVID-19 guidelines have led to dozens of resignations and an “unusually high number of district special elections,” Minnesota School Boards Association executive director Kirk Schneidawind told MPR News reporter Elizabeth Shockman.

In Minnetonka, a group of high school students are banding together to make their voices heard in who leads their school.

Jin Bang, 17, a senior at Minnetonka High School, helped form the group Minnetonka Coalition for Equitable Education in summer 2020. She joined host Cathy Wurzer on Minnesota Now to talk about her efforts to raise awareness about her district’s special elections, what values she’s looking for in candidates and how candidates have responded.

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

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