How Election Results Will Shake Up State Education Policy

Nov 27, 2018 by

Turnover in Governors, Lawmakers May Affect Policy and Personnel

By Daarel Burnette II –

There will be a new cast of tax and spend liberal characters overseeing state education policy in 2019—and many of them will be looking to shake things up to deliver on the many promises they made on the campaign trail in this year’s midterm elections.

New governors—many of them Democrats—are expected to propose ambitious budgets with new ways of funding their K-12 systems. The fresh crop of governors and state board members is likely to lead to big turnover of state schools superintendents in places where they’re appointed.

And states where one party or the other has new control of both the legislature and governorship, such as Democrats in Colorado, may use that momentum to push school accountability and other changes at a time when the Every Student Succeeds Act gives them greater policy authority.

“States are going to be more important than ever before,” said Kristen Amundson, the president and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Education. “There is less likelihood that there will be a single message from the feds to states. But state by state, you’ll see important education policy decisions being made next year.”

Source: How Election Results Will Shake Up State Education Policy – Education Week

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