And the education verdict is?

First, let me apologize for several days of radio silence. Hurricane Sandy delayed our return to New York City by a week (but my, we dodged a bullet by scheduling ourĀ  weekend getaway to Utah for October 24-28!). My husband is back teaching at NYU law school for the semester; I’m hauling across the country in my Jeep with two dogs who spent a blissful fall in Grover, Utah. Anyway, greetings from Huntington, West Virginia.

Election night brought mixed news for would be education reformers. Indiana’s hard-charging school superintendent was kicked out. Washington state is finally allowing charter schools in. Idaho and South Dakota voters rejected several big education changes; Georgia voters approved a state-wide charter authorizer. Efforts to expand collective bargaining lost in Michigan; efforts to end automatic union dues deductions lost in California. There’s no clear pattern here, other than the mantra I would repeat to my government students every year: Local issues still drive politics in America.

I guess I have the same hope for education that I have for every other policy issue. Let’s find some common ground and get moving, together. Please. I find it hard to believe that voters are widely satisfied with the status quo, but I don’t see much consensus emerging about how education can or should be transformed, either.

Here are a few post election reports.

From the Education Gadfly:

http://www.edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-weekly/2012/november-8/a-not-so-great-night-for-education-reform-1.html#body

From Education Week:

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2012/11/highlights_from_state_k-12_votes_bennett_goes_down_charters_win_in_ga.html?intc=mvs

From Rick Hess’s blog:

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2012/11/tuesdays_ballot_initiatives_a_split_decision_on_ed.html

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