Election 2004

Read Education Week's comprehensive and continuing coverage of the 2004 election.

View an interactive comparison of President Bush's and Sen. Kerry's education proposals.

School administrators across the country expressed relief last week after Election Day voting at school polling sites went relatively smoothly despite record-high turnouts.
November 9, 2004 - Education Week

Voters in two Ohio cities sent very different messages to their school districts on Election Day.
November 9, 2004 - Education Week

Republicans expanded their margin in Congress from a sliver to a slice in last week’s elections, and significantly bolstered the conservative profile on Capitol Hill.
November 9, 2004 - Education Week

Voters showed caution about sending more money to public schools or dramatically changing course on education policy, as they decided school-related questions on state ballots last week.
November 9, 2004 - Education Week

The results are in, and now it’s time to see who won—the mock elections, that is.
November 9, 2004 - Education Week

President Bush will enter his second term with a range of campaign plans on education. But one thing is clear: The controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, his signature initiative for schools, is here to stay.
November 9, 2004 - Education Week

Democrats fared better in state legislative races Nov. 2 than they did in the federal elections, lending momentum to efforts in some states to increase school funding and slam the brakes on vouchers.
November 9, 2004 - Education Week

While the Washington state superintendent’s race was the most closely watched nationally, incumbents swept races in three more of the five states electing schools chiefs this year. Includes table of results of five races.
November 9, 2004 - Education Week

Governors’ races in 11 states ended last week with two ousted incumbents and at least four turnovers in party control—changes that will likely leave an imprint on K-12 budgets and policies. Includes table of results.
November 9, 2004 - Education Week

Cincinnati voters gave the city’s public schools a decisive victory Tuesday, approving a tax-levy renewal despite opposition from influential business and religious leaders.
November 3, 2004 - Education Week (Web)

Voters in Washington state decisively rejected in the Nov. 2 elections a recently passed law that would have opened the door to the state’s first charter schools. Voters there also defeated a tax measure aimed at hiking education spending by some $1 billion a year.
November 3, 2004 - Education Week (Web)

President Bush, who touted campaign plans to build on his bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act with new measures aimed at the secondary school level, has won a second term in the White House in a hard-fought race with Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. The Democratic challenger called Mr. Bush to concede late on the morning of Nov. 3.
November 3, 2004 - Education Week (Web)

Seven of the 11 states with governor's races this year have elected newcomers, bringing in fresh faces to offices that are pivotal in shaping education budgets and policies across the nation and to carrying out the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
November 3, 2004 - Education Week (Web)

Incumbents swept races for state schools chief in four states—Indiana, Montana, North Dakota, and Washington state—while an open seat in North Carolina remained too close to call the morning after the Nov. 2 elections. In state school board elections, incumbents also fared well in most of the 12 states where they were held.
November 3, 2004 - Education Week (Web)

As voters prepared to go to the polls this week, another race was unfolding. Which youth poll would come closest to the actual result of the presidential election?
November 2, 2004 - Education Week

Regardless of the results Nov. 2, political analysts will remember the 2004 elections in part for the ubiquitous—and controversial—role played by such 527 groups, named after a section of the federal tax code.
November 2, 2004 - Education Week

Frustrated by what they call unfulfilled promises, unexplained expenses, and minimal academic progress, some of Cincinnati’s most powerful business and religious leaders are withholding their support of the district’s tax-levy renewal on the Nov. 2 ballot.
October 26, 2004 - Education Week

Like many tight races leading up to the elections next week, the contest in New Mexico for the U.S. House of Representatives has gotten pretty rough, and talk of schools has had to vie with still-stark post-9/11 worries about security and other high-profile issues.
October 26, 2004 - Education Week

After Teresa Heinz Kerry took a swipe at first lady Laura Bush last week, the wealthy philanthropist and wife of the Democratic presidential nominee backed away from saying Mrs. Bush hasn’t held a “real job.”
October 26, 2004 - Education Week

In the continuing quest to gauge what the public really thinks about the federal No Child Left Behind Act, two recent polls offer conflicting accounts.
October 26, 2004 - Education Week

Mr. Bush won the children’s election run by Scholastic Inc., the New York City-based educational publisher.
October 26, 2004 - Education Week

The House and Senate education committees may see more changes to their memberships through vacancies as some members retire and others seek higher office.
October 26, 2004 - Education Week

A battle over whether Utah should pay for vouchers to help students cover the cost of tuition at private schools is dividing the two candidates for governor in the Beehive State.
October 26, 2004 - Education Week

President Bush and Sen. John Kerry were never asked directly about education during their three televised debates this month, but that didn’t stop the two presidential contenders from finding segues into the issue, whether it was questions about jobs or even abortion.
October 19, 2004 - Education Week

Teachers' aides are holding "postcard parties" in support of Sen. John Kerry, part of a program sponsored by the 1.3 million-member American Federation of Teachers.
October 19, 2004 - Education Week

The Department of Education became entangled last week in an election-season public relations mess related to the work it hired a public relations firm to do.
October 19, 2004 - Education Week

It’s never easy to get a politician to admit mistakes, but Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina was at least partially ready to do so when asked on a Sunday-morning TV show to name his three biggest.
October 19, 2004 - Education Week

Voters in some states will cast ballots Nov. 2 on proposals that could shape the future of school spending for years to come.
October 19, 2004 - Education Week

Robert Gordon, domestic policy advisor for the Kerry presidential campaign, answers your questions about the Kerry campaign's education platform, including Mr. Kerry's positions on key aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act.
October 15, 2004 - Education Week (Web)

Security concerns have led a small but increasing number of school districts and counties to move polling sites off school campuses.
October 12, 2004 - Education Week

Last spring, as Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democratic presidential nominee, was formulating his teacher-quality proposals, his campaign held several meetings with outside education experts.
October 12, 2004 - Education Week

Although Iraq dominated the vice presidential debate last week, the candidates managed to get in a few jabs on education and, of course, the No Child Left Behind Act.
October 12, 2004 - Education Week

The daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy blasted President Bush’s education record last week as she toured a Head Start program in Iowa.
October 12, 2004 - Education Week

There’s no doubt that the two major-party candidates in the hard-fought 2004 presidential contest part company on some education issues. But it’s striking how much ground they seem to share on the fundamentals of policy.
October 12, 2004 - Education Week

A reawakened Mount St. Helens is not the only source of tremors in Washington state these days. Education issues that figure in the Nov. 2 general election are stirring up the electorate with an energy the state hasn’t seen in years.
October 12, 2004 - Education Week

Nationwide, five states will hold elections for the top education post on Nov. 2. A total of 14 states elect their schools chiefs.
October 12, 2004 - Education Week

An unknown 8th grade math teacher is taking on internationally known Senator John McCain. He won't win, but he can't lose, either.
October 11, 2004 - Teacher

As the candidates for president and vice president have barnstormed across the country, voters have gotten to see quite a bit of their children.
October 8, 2004 - Education Week

As Republicans prepared for their party’s convention in New York City this week, Secretary of Education Rod Paige was scheduled for a prime-time speaking slot to talk up President Bush’s signature education accomplishment.
October 5, 2004 - Education Week

Sandy Kress, an education advisor with the Bush campaign, takes questions on the No Child Left Behind Act, the Bush education agenda, and what's at stake for schools and teachers in the 2004 presidential election.
October 5, 2004 - Education Week (Web)

Although the hard-fought presidential race has dominated campaign news in recent weeks, it’s also a critical year for state legislative elections.
October 1, 2004 - Education Week

The No Child Left Behind Act has been the hallmark of President Bush’s education agenda and one of his most-touted domestic achievements as he campaigns for a second term.
October 1, 2004 - Education Week

With the election season in full swing, the National Education Association is geared up to have an impact. The 2.7 million-member teachers’ union makes endorsements, and its political action committee donates millions of dollars to candidates.
September 27, 2004 - Education Week

A candlelight vigil to remember members of the U.S. military killed in Iraq has turned into a lesson in politics for Medina High School in Ohio.
September 27, 2004 - Education Week

The Bush administration's record on education continues to be a polarizing issue for many teachers, who were represented last week on the floor of the Republican National Convention as well as among the protesters out in the streets.
September 22, 2004 - Education Week

A close observer of the Republican National Convention with an interest in education policy and a long memory might have recognized a familiar name from the administration of former President George H.W. Bush.
September 22, 2004 - Education Week

President Bush begins the crucial stretch of his bid for a second term with plans to build on the No Child Left Behind Act by expanding educational accountability in the high school grades.
September 21, 2004 - Education Week

Republicans drafted a party platform for adoption at their national convention in New York City this week that reflects in language and spirit the stamp that George W. Bush first placed on the GOP’s education positions four years ago.
September 20, 2004 - Education Week (Web)

Chat Transcripts

What's at stake for schools this election year? Read the transcripts of our recent online chats with education advisors to the Bush and Kerry campaigns.

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Commented