I'm sure most people who've done their teacher-training recently enough; and/or have been in teaching long enough to hear this brought up at teachers' union meetings; have heard of how low voter turnout is in school board elections, even compared to other elections. Now, in other elections, how strongly you feel about it isn't necessarily a reflection of the merit of your opinions on it. (And indeed, voter suppression measures show that neither of these factors determine your likelihood to show up.) But I often wonder if education might be an exception. What factors determine your likelihood to show up for a school board election in particular? Even before I became a teacher, I'd also been abnormally obsessed with the concept of accusations of bias in what schools teach, as someone whose skepticism of some of it had been barely suppressed by a "wouldn't want to be mistaken for just using it as an excuse for laziness" fear and whose skepticism of it spilled over as soon as the lid was broken by not doing as well in college as I did in high school, knowing I'd be accused of laziness anyway. Then again, I hadn't even been paying attention to school board elections within the first few years of me hitting voting age. It was only a few years after that that I bothered following them, let alone voting in them. Nonetheless, the stakes are high enough, to everyone else, that voters in more general elections still re-elect the officials who pour billions of tax dollars into it. So why do these people so seldom show up? Are they deliberately passing the buck to those who've looked into this sort of thing thoroughly enough to have more strongly held opinions than they do? How do they know how their own knowledge; let alone how strongly they feel about it; compares to others?