State-Level Races Shape Education Landscape
In pivotal state races that will affect education, voters in Tuesday’s elections legalized slot machines in Maryland to help fund schools, flipped the Missouri governor’s office from Republican to Democrat, and defeated ballot measures in Oregon that would have limited English-language learners’ programs and tied teacher raises to classroom performance.
Although Democrats generally saw gains with President-elect Barack Obama and several congressional races, voters delivered mixed messages in state legislative races: Five legislative chambers switched to Democratic control, four switched to Republican, and two chambers were still undecided this morning.
And in what could turn into an upset in a state schools’ chief race, Washington state Superintendent of Education Terry Bergeson, whose office is nonpartisan, was trailing this morning by about 22,000 votes. Half of the precincts...
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