Education and the 2020 Elections
The National Education Association, the largest labor union in the country, endorsed former vice president Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination late Saturday, calling him “a tireless advocate for public education” and saying members are ready “to use their power” to elect him to the White House.
This time around, the Nampa School District passed a supplemental levy, after failing by the narrowest of margins in November. And for north-central Idaho’s Kamiah School District, a supplemental levy has narrowly passed — a year after the cash-strapped district had to close its middle school. All told, 41 school districts sought levies Tuesday. Here are some key results.
Bernie’s Billion-Dollar Education Plan: Sanders’s Proposal Would Dramatically Expand Magnet Funding to Integrate America’s Racially Isolated Schools. But Will It Work?
His education platform, released a day after Brown’s 65th anniversary and dubbed the Thurgood Marshall Plan for a Quality Public Education for All, seeks to pump $1 billion in federal money to magnet schools as a way to promote racial integration. The schools, which came to prominence in the 1970s, often offer specialized programs such as arts education to entice white families to enroll their children in integrated settings. The Sanders plan would provide nearly 10 times the current level of federal investment in magnet schools.
For a generation, school bonds have been more or less a slam dunk in California. Locally and statewide, voters consistently have supported borrowing to build and maintain classrooms.
Not this election. As the state slowly tallies the returns from Super Tuesday, the numbers are painting a decidedly unfamiliar picture: Proposition 13, the sweeping $15 billion bond for school construction, was trailing late Thursday with only 44.6% approval.
Interactive: See Every Education Issue Prioritized by Governors in 41 State of the State Speeches — From Free College to Mental Health, Early Ed & Beyond
Governors’ annual State of the State addresses are windows into what’s likely to be at the top of state education agendas in the coming year — and what’s not. FutureEd, a think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, analyzed the 41 gubernatorial speeches delivered so far this year and found that while every state leader highlighted the importance of education, the governors talked a lot more about expanding educational opportunities than improving the performance of the nation’s schools and colleges.
The next time candidates campaign for school board seats in Colorado, they might have a new voting bloc to consider.
Legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in local school board elections cleared the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday. That same committee voted down similar legislation last year amid concerns from county clerks, who run these elections, and the Colorado Association of School Boards. Some have questioned if the idea is constitutional.
Two school board races in Los Angeles appear headed to runoffs in November, setting up a pivotal election this fall for California’s largest school district.
Union-backed candidates have an opportunity to claim a majority on the next school board if they sweep all four races in the election. Charter-backed candidates need to win one race to win a majority.
The largest school facility bond in state history appeared headed for defeat Tuesday, falling short of the simple majority needed despite bipartisan support and little formal opposition.
Chicago Teachers Union Leaders Back Sanders, Becoming Latest to Offer Personal Endorsements as Unions Tread Carefully
Two leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union announced Wednesday that they were personally endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The show of support is the latest in a flurry of personal endorsements from top teachers union leaders, even as the unions they run have hesitated to get behind a single candidate.
What would a new Democratic administration mean for education? We are getting a clearer idea in the wake of Super Tuesday as the field narrows and two candidates—former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders—emerge as top contenders for the nomination.
Amendment One appears headed for a resounding defeat, with early results showing Alabama voters trust themselves more than the governor when it comes to selecting who runs the state’s public schools. So, it looks like business as usual tomorrow in Alabama’s schools.
We’ve Got You Covered: Here’s What You Need to Know About Education Issues on Super Tuesday
Tomorrow is Super Tuesday and six candidates are still vying for the Democratic presidential nomination. Here at Chalkbeat, we’ve been paying close attention to where the candidates stand on education — from preschool to vouchers and school segregation.
Despite these overwhelming numbers, the federal government does little to subsidize child care. That hurts working moms, who are more likely than working dads to leave their jobs when they can’t find child care, according to a survey conducted by the liberal think tank, Center for American Progress. And working moms were 40 percent more likely than working dads to say that child care issues had negatively affected their careers.
North Carolina is getting a new state superintendent.
The Citizen Times asked how each candidate, if elected, would address deficiencies in rural education and overall teacher esteem. Candidate responses have been condensed to meet 100-word limit.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign Saturday, days before crucial Super Tuesday contests in 14 states.
In her endorsement, Weingarten cited Warren’ts plans for education, health care, and student debt, and her qualities as a “smart and strategic debater and thinker.”
A flurry of education-related conversation surfaced at the most recent Democratic presidential debate on Feb. 25, as candidates exchanged jabs and defended their positions on charter schools, student loan debt, and setting up young people for meaningful careers.
The 10th debate came at a pivotal moment, just days before voters in 14 states will cast their ballots on Super Tuesday (March 3). With education taking a back seat in prior debates, the rapid-fire discussion caught the attention of education journalists and pundits.
It’s well known that America’s teachers don’t look much like the country’s students. It turns out that the voters who elect America’s school boards don’t, either.
A new study appears to be the first of its kind to quantify the demographic mismatch, and it’s sizable. Across four states, including California, researchers estimate that school board voters are much whiter and more affluent than the public school student body.
What’s Ahead on the Education Beat in 2020?
From school safety to the youth vote, it's going to be a busy year
As the calendar turns to a new year (and a new decade, at least according to some), plenty of education issues from 2019 will be tagging along.
At Austin Community College, civics is an unwritten part of the curriculum — so much so that for years the school has tapped its own funds to set up temporary early-voting sites on nine of its 11 campuses.
In September 2008, with polls showing him in a statistical dead heat with Republican presidential nominee John McCain, Barack Obama proposed doubling the federal funding for charter schools. As president, Obama was a champion of charters and also used mechanisms such as his Race to the Top education initiative to spark their expansion.