Education Eyed in 36 Battles for Governor
Candidates running on pre-K, performance pay, vouchers.
Votes cast in next month’s 36 gubernatorial elections will help shape future K-12 policies, from how schools are financed to how teachers are paid.
Candidates throughout the country are running on platforms based on the trendiest ideas in school policy. Many want to pay teachers based on their performance. Others are proposing to expand pre-kindergarten programs. And several Republicans say their states’ school districts should be required to spend at least 65 percent of their money on classroom expenses.
“Every one of those governors is running on what they’re going to do for education. Every candidate says, ‘I want to be the education governor,’ ” said Bob Wise, who was West Virginia’s governor from 2001 to 2005. A Democrat, he is now the executive director of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington-based advocacy group that works...
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