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Winning Starts Here: 2022 Charter School Board Draft Recap

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BLAQUE hosted the 2022 Charter School Board Draft (CSBD)! We connected leaders in the community to charter schools seeking talented and committed members to serve on their school boards. Modeled after The NFL Draft, slated for Kansas City in 2023, the Charter School Board Draft provides an evening to celebrate our local charter schools, their students, and current leaders serving on charter boards.

The draft will took place on July 30, 2022, at the Arrowhead stadium featuring an all-star lineup of the top charter schools in Kansas City!

BLAQUE hosted a series of events for the candidates to get familiar with the charter school landscape and the communities they serve. These events included:

  • Charter School Tours

  • Candidate Speed Dating

  • Lunch & Learns

  • Governance Academy

Last year, BLAQUE endorsed two community champions for the Kansas City Public School Board, Kandice Bucker and Tanesha Ford.

The two completed BLAQUE’s Candidate Classroom, and Candidate and Campaigners Bootcamp, which teaches candidates what it takes to be a School Board member.

“BLAQUE has really inspired me to be bold in the work that I do every day in education. Through BLAQUE, I have had the opportunity to look at data, engage in conversations, and strategize on ways to improve outcomes for black children with the most brilliant and passionate people. The organization emphasizes the urgency to take action in meaningful ways,” said KCPS School Board Member Kandice Buckner.

Do you want to serve on a charter school board but don’t know where to start? Visit BLAQUEKC.COM or Email

BLAQUE KC is a 501C4 organization committed to improving the outcomes for blaque youth. Founded in 2021, BLAQUE has developed programming to develop champions from the community for the community.

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