Criteria for Endorsement in School Board Elections


Welcome to the FFRF Action Fund’s School Board Candidate Questionnaire page!  (Note: the questionnaire is at the bottom of this page)

By participating in this questionnaire, you have the opportunity to connect with and represent a significant and growing demographic—the non-religious population, which now comprises roughly a third of Americans. Furthermore, FFRF Action Fund has more than 30,000 advocates across the United States, many of whom donate regularly to and get involved with political candidates. 

Completing this questionnaire demonstrates your commitment to upholding secular values in our public schools and provides clear communication of your policy positions to a substantial and engaged part of the electorate. We’re looking forward to working with you to foster the right to access a quality, secular education for all students. 

Mandatory criteria for endorsement:

The candidate has:

  • Demonstrated a tangible and viable path to victory
  • A strong commitment to secular public education and the separation of state and church

Other helpful criteria:

The candidate:

  • Is a freethinker (i.e., not religious, atheist, humanist, agnostic, etc.)
  • Completed a candidate training program 
  • Is a member of a School Board PAC or slate (endorsement would go to the specific candidate and not the slate)
  • Has been engaging in the schools and school board
  • Has been endorsed by local leaders and/or national or local organizations
  • A race falls into a high priority area:
    • Has an opponent who is a Christian nationalist or Christian nationalists have targeted the race
    • US senate, house or state senate or house competitive electoral target 
    • School district has a history of state/church violations

Notes on the endorsement process and procedure:

  • Prospective candidates will be asked about all of the above information in the candidate questionnaire
  • Endorsements are made on a rolling basis and are decided monthly by FFRF AF Board of Directors
  • The endorsement process takes approximately 1 month to complete
  • Endorsements will not be made more than 18 months before the first election date
  • After the candidate has submitted their questionnaire, they will be sent an email if they will be moving forward with the endorsement process based on the above criteria.
  • Then:
    • We will schedule with the candidate an interview to review the information in the questionnaire;
    • FFRF AF will then check the references of the candidate;
    • FFRF AF will recommend to the FFRF AF Board to endorse the candidate
    • Candidate is then notified of the decision and can publicize the endorsement however they see fit.
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