—Jeffrey Smith for Education Week
A heated school board election in the fast-changing Atlanta suburbs pits Black Lives Matter vs. the ‘Suburban Lifestyle Dream’
Gwinnett County, Ga.
Tarece Johnson was starting to doubt herself. In March, just hours before the filing deadline, she’d declared her candidacy for the school board in suburban Gwinnett County, Ga. A month later, she still couldn’t afford a $4,000 mailer to introduce herself to voters. By early May, the lone debate of the primary season loomed.
“It was horrible,” she said. “I was not in a good space.”
Johnson is Black and Jewish. A decade