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Obama Elected to Second Term

By Alyson Klein — November 07, 2012 1 min read
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President Barack Obama, who racked up a long list of edu-accomplishments during his first term, including steering more than $100 billion to education through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and using competitive grants to spur changes to K-12 policy, has been re-elected, according to the Associated Press. Way more here.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who has won big praise from Democrats who favor education redesign and even some Republicans, has said he wants to stick around.

Obama in the White House and a divided Congress has meant two years of gridlock on education policy and spending, including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The House of Representatives is likely to stay in GOP control, and the Senate is likely to remain in Democratic hands, according to the Associated Press. Will that continue over the next couple years? Time will tell.

Photo: President Barack Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night victory party early Wednesday in Chicago. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)