Elect Education Champions
Electing Bold Leaders
Stand for Children is a unique catalyst for education equity and racial justice, to create a brighter future for us all. In Louisiana, too many kids don't make it to graduation with the skills they need to be successful in life. That is why Stand members are committed to working to elect leaders who are deeply committed to improving educational opportunities for children and who make decisions in the best interests of the children they are elected to serve.
Stand for Children Louisiana is committed to utilizing a robust and transparent member endorsement process in order to support those candidates who best stand for the values and ideals espoused by Stand For Children.
All candidates running for critical school board seats were sent comprehensive questionnaires and given adequate time to respond and complete.
Upon receiving the completed questionnaires, Stand's Endorsement Committee reviewed each candidate’s responses, bios and relevant voting records, if available. Those candidates who returned completed questionnaires were invited to participate in an in-person interview with Endorsement Committee Members. Endorsement Committee members were able to make their decisions based on each candidate’s interview, questionnaire responses and relevant experience or voting record. Final endorsement decisions for each candidate were based on the below criteria.
- Issue Alignment: They show a commitment to raising achievement for all students, increasing family and community involvement, improving school funding, and ensuring our schools have effective principals and teachers. If the candidate is an incumbent, they have a strong track record on improving education.
- Strong Personal Character: They have a vision and make clear commitments to improving education or have a proven record of bold, innovative leadership on student-centered policies. They show bold leadership, strive for consensus, but are willing to support potentially unpopular policy changes if necessary to get results for children.
- Viability: They have a clear and viable strategy for winning their race.
“Stand for Children Louisiana’s endorsement process is an authentic pursuit to empower parents, educators, and faith leaders to actively engage in supporting bold education champions with a passionate connection to the communities each seeks to wholeheartedly serve." - Chrisdelin Kelly Lyles, endorsement committee member, parent, and former educator.