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Pea Patch School Board (mock election)

School boards are elected trustees who oversee the local school district and represent the community in matters affecting education. In Delaware, school board service is an unpaid position with a term of 5 years. School board elections are nonpartisan, and are held on the second Tuesday in May each year. The 2020 Delaware school board elections were delayed from May 12 to July 21 due to the COVID-19 state of emergency.Tiny Pea Patch Island, just one mile long in the Delaware River offshore from Delaware City, DE, is home to the ruins of the once-strategic Fort Delaware. Although at one time the island did boast its own school, Pea Patch School District is purely fictional, intended as a playful training exercise for students and others. Compare the four candidates here, then cast your vote at go.lwvncc.org/votepeapatch between June 21 and July 21, 2020.

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    King "Black Panther" T'Challa

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    Simba Mufasason

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    Elsa Oldenburg

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    Kylo "Ben Solo" Ren

Biographical Information

What motivated you to run for school board?

What is the single most important issue facing your school district and how would you address it?

What specific strengths would you bring to the board?

Any closing thoughts you'd like to share with the parents and other voters who are reading this:

Address: Wakanda, Africa
Related affiliations and roles: Member of The Avengers, Chieftain of the Panther Clan, former school teacher
Are you currently a school board member? (Y/N) N
How many school board meetings did you attend last year? 5 (out of 12)
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): My name is King T'Challa, son of King T'Chaka. I am the sovereign ruler of the nation of Wakanda and a previous school teacher. For the first time in our history, we will be sharing our knowledge and resources with the outside world and what better place to start than Pea Patch Island school district?
Children are the future! Seeing the huge disparities in resources between districts is frustrating and disheartening. I wish to make Pea Patch Island a model of advanced technology implementation in schools that we can replicate in other districts.
The equipment is antiquated and children are learning skills that are no longer relevant to a world that is becoming increasingly more technologically advanced. For example, computer science should be required as part of the curriculum, replacing traditional but unnecessary coursework such as literature and cursive writing. I propose spending $15 Billion for holographic learning stations, in addition to our usual budget.
I come from a country of great technological advances and we are willing to share all that we have learned. This will give our students a great advantage when it’s time to prepare for college or enter the workforce. As a previous school teacher, I have a good understanding of how to use these technology tools in the classroom AND how to break them down into teachable elements for our students.
My sister Shuri always says, “Just because something works doesn't mean it can't be improved.” The American education system isn’t precisely broken, but there is a lot of room for improvement and we’re ready to tackle it head on.
Related affiliations and roles: Bug-eaters International - member. The King’s Council on Hyena Control - Member Ex Oficio. The Rafiki Scholarship Fund - Trustee.
Are you currently a school board member? (Y/N) Y
How many school board meetings did you attend last year? 6 of 12
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): While originally born into royalty, Simba was ousted from the Pride Lands by his usurpring uncle. In order to return, Simba had to rally a specialized team and effect strategic change to rebuild from the damage done to his home. In addition to ruling the Pride Lands, Simba is a devoted father and advocate for nutrition education in families.
Website or social media link: http://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Simba
Ever since I left behind the “Hakuna Matata” (no worries) days of my youth, I’ve understood my responsibility as a community advocate and leader. My beloved mate Nala and I have seven cubs in the public school system, so school board service seemed a natural fit for me. My duties as King sometimes keep me away from meetings, but my heart and mane are in this work.
The issue nearest to my heart is student nutrition. You can’t learn if your tummy is rumbling! I encourage all students to develop a taste for eating bugs. Worms and grubs, for example, are slimy yet satisfying. Bugs are a plentiful, accessible source of nutrition that can solve the problem of hungry students in our schools.
In my past terms with the board, I have excelled at cutting through unproductive debates and getting right to the point. I am experienced, proactive, and my roar can shake the most reluctant board into action.
My father Mufasa taught me as a cub that “We are all connected in the great Circle of Life.” Educating our offspring is part of that circle. I hope you’ll grant me the privilege of helping to guide the education of your children on Pea Patch Island.

I’m a busy lion and may not return your calls, but you can always talk with my trusted majordomo, Zazu, who will respond to your concerns as well as his conceit and excitability will allow.
Related affiliations and roles: Fifth Spirit, Guardian of the Enchanted Forest
Are you currently a school board member? (Y/N) N
How many school board meetings did you attend last year? one
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): I believe in the power and beauty of our youth, and am determined to prevent budgetary restraints and traditional teaching techniques from stifling their individuality. I am determined to introduce more SEL techniques into our schools’ curriculums, and encourage students to learn in the ways that come naturally. As the previous Queen of Arendelle and current Snow Queen in the Enchanted Forest, I have a great deal of experience managing people in cooperative efforts.
Website or social media link: http://www.facebook.com/ElsaFrozenClub/
Having recently stepped down as Queen of Arendelle, I found myself with extra time on my hands. After taming the spirits of wind and fire, battling the water spirit Nokk, sailing to Ahtohallan, and assuming my true role as the fifth spirit and Snow Queen, I am ready for new challenges. Educating ghost children at an abandoned fort in the Delaware River sounds like an appealing and relatively relaxing venture... almost as fun as charades night at the castle.
Our children need to accept themselves as they are. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. As a Board member, I would push for weekly SEL workshops as part of the Pea Patch Island curriculum.
I have accepted myself for who I am. I generally achieve what I set out to do. And I can make a killer ice sculpture centerpiece for boardroom luncheons and fundraising events.
An act of true love will thaw a frozen heart, and there is no truer love than a parent’s for their children and my own for our district. Let’s educate everyone to get in touch with those emotions so we can all lift each other up!
Address: Starkiller Base
Related affiliations and roles: First Order, Knights of Ren, New Jedi Order
Are you currently a school board member? (Y/N) N
How many school board meetings did you attend last year? 10 of 12
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): After a betrayal by his original Jedi Master, Kylo Ren was forced to pursue his studies on his own. Despite being self-taught, Ren quickly rose to Leader of the First Order. Ren continues to work to unite the galaxy and overcome the violent resistance put up by non-conformist Jedi troublemakers. Ren’s background in quashing rebellions and building empires gives him many relevant skills for his reign on the Pea Patch Island school board. You will vote for Kylo Ren in the upcoming election.
Website or social media link: http://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Ben_Solo
I saw the potential of this district and in myself for a new and glorious beginning. With some structure, discipline, and intensive training, we can become the leading district and rule over all of Delaware’s education!
Bullying. We will not stand for unprovoked attacks, nor will we allow any students to go without the requisite training to defend themselves. All students will be trained with the lightsaber and the force (if they show the ability).
As a Master of both the light and dark sides of the force, I bring a balanced opinion to decisions. I also have the skills to found and lead our new lightsaber training initiative, and I am a persuasive speaker who is able to bring groups of people to a consensus, usually without the need for lightsaber duels.
Let the past die. Kill it if you have to. It's the only way to become what you were meant to be. And the only way to raise this school district to its true potential is to let go of our ties to an arbitrary and irrelevant past.