At the State Level, Democrats Had a Good Election Night — but Not a Great One. Did #Red4Ed Fizzle?
After a spring awakening of teacher strikes, the 2018 midterms have delivered Democrats the U.S. House of Representatives and seven new governorships — including in Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Kansas, and Maine.
For observers of education and politics alike, the key questions are these: How did the #Red4Ed movement, with its swarms of T-shirted educators organizing over school funding and teacher pay, influence this year’s historic election results? And with the mini-epoch of conservative reform fading, in which direction will Democratic officeholders move policy?
As with most election cycles, results from diverse regional electorates can be ambiguous and sometimes completely contradictory.