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What we can learn from the high schools of Poitou-Charentes On the whole, school boards are poor examples of democratic governance. These local authorities, in charge of the operation and administration (including financial administration) of a set of schools, attract little interest from voters: voter turnout is typically even lower than the already low level of participation in municipal elections. In Quebec, voter turnout in the last province-wide school board elections in 2007 was 7.9 per cent, down from 8.4 per cent in 2003 and seven points lower than the turnout in the 1998 elections. By way of contrast, voter turnout averaged 45 per cent in the 2009 Quebec municipal elections.

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