Support HB 278 to give Delawareans more say in their school boards!

It takes only about 400 votes to get elected to a Delaware school board. That's close to 1 percent of eligible voters! Once elected, Delaware's local school board members are given five-year terms.

This 5-year term length is longer than other elected positions (Delaware state representatives get 2-year terms and state senators get 4-year terms) and makes it hard to ensure school board members are accountable to the constituencies they serve.  

House Bill 278 introduced by Representative Paul Baumbach shortens the term length for board members from five years to four years. The goal is to increase board member's accountability to local constituents and give the community more opportunities to elect the candidates they want.

Take a few moments to contact your elected officials.

*You'll receive a call from 302-244-5818 that will provide you guidance on what to say to your officials, and then patch you through directly to them.

Please encourage others to act by sharing on social media.

Hi, my name is [your name here!]. I’m a constituent in your district, and I'm calling to ask you to support HB 278.

By supporting HB 278, you support increased access for our civic servants and opportunities for our communities.

A five-year term is longer than many of Delaware's other elected positions—even state representatives and state senators. The term length also makes it harder to ensure school board members are accountable to the constituencies they serve.

Not only do five-year term lengths give community members fewer opportunities to engage in the civic process, but they present barriers for great candidates. 

By supporting HB 278 you can remove those barriers for civic servants and our communities.

Thanks again for your work on behalf of the voting public.