Education Issues Factor Into Governors' Races
In a year when a dozen states have gubernatorial elections, K-12 education is playing a variety of roles in the individual campaigns, in ways that sometimes seem to defy easy political categories.
Incumbent and aspiring governors could gain momentum from the national appetite for more focus on education in general. A swing-state survey released by the College Board earlier this month—which included respondents from states with incumbent governors on the hot seat, North Carolina and Wisconsin—showed 67 percent of voters said education was extremely important to them in the White House and congressional elections.
“It’s no longer acceptable to just have platitudes about how you want to be the education governor,” said Marc Magee, the president of 50CAN, a nonprofit group advocating charter school funding and new teacher-evaluation systems...
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