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Branch co-hosting Board of Education Candidate Forum Sept. 28

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

The Chapel Hill/Carrboro PTA Council is partnering with Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP, League of Women Voters, El Centro Hispano and CHC Association of Educators to hold and livestream a virtual forum for six Board of Education candidates on September 28 at 7 p.m.

The forum will focus on direct concerns of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools, with the six candidates answering questions submitted by members of the community, and selected by the sponsor organizations. Aaron Keck, executive director of EmPowerment, Inc., will moderate. EmPowerment focuses on housing and economic development issues in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and was part of the coalition asking the county commissioners to include affordable housing in the 2016 bond vote, which is focused on funding capital needs for the county and city schools.

“With six candidates and three open BOE seats, this is a critical election for the students, families, teachers and staff in our district,” said PTA Council President Cassie Ford. “As the pandemic has highlighted, public schools play a fundamental role in the fabric of our community. Our local school board members make decisions that affect our entire school community every day. Now more than ever, we hope that people will engage with this important election to make an informed decision about who they want to lead our district.

The forum will take place via Zoom, and will be accessible on both Facebook, and on YouTube, with a live spanish translation available as well. All links will be posted on

The PTA Council consists of representatives of each CHCCS school’s PTA, focusing on bringing the PTAs together to share ideas and advocate with all levels of government for the good of all students.

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