Elections

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Law & Courts District's At-Large Elections Violated Minority Voting Rights, Federal Appeals Court Finds
The case involves school board elections in a majority Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish district with a large Black and Latino population.
Mark Walsh, January 7, 2021
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Federal Opinion What Would a Democratic Sweep of the Ga. Runoffs Mean for Education?
Even a strong Democratic showing on Jan. 5 is likely to have a more modest impact on education than many might imagine.
Rick Hess, December 21, 2020
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Teaching & Learning Opinion 'Standing Up for What Is Right': Teaching in the Aftermath of the Presidential Election
Four teachers explain how they are handling this year's presidential election in their classrooms.
Larry Ferlazzo, November 22, 2020
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Social Studies Opinion Post-Election Teaching Strategies
Four teachers share suggestions for post-election lessons, including focusing on local issues and practicing media literacy.

Larry Ferlazzo, November 19, 2020
15 min read
School & District Management School Board Elections Don't Get Much Attention. They Should
School boards play a critical role in steering the progress of the nation’s schools, but the relationship between school boards and school district leaders could be better.
November 17, 2020
2 min read
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Assessment Opinion Let's Get Back to School, But Differently
To combat the pandemic's impact, districts need smaller classes for the youngest kids, writes former U.S. Ed. Secretary Arne Duncan.
Arne Duncan, November 16, 2020
4 min read
Young people celebrate the presidential election results in Atlanta. Early data on the 2020 turnout show a spike in youth voting, with Georgia, which faces a pair of senatorial runoffs, an epicenter of that trend.
Young people celebrate the presidential election results in Atlanta. Early data on the 2020 turnout show a spike in youth voting, with Georgia, which faces a pair of senatorial runoffs, an epicenter of that trend.
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School Climate & Safety As Election 2020 Grinds On, Young Voters Stay Hooked
In states like Georgia, the push to empower the youth vote comes to fruition at a time when “every vote counts” is more than just a slogan.
Evie Blad, November 13, 2020
6 min read
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
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Federal Joe Biden's Election as President Tees Up Massive Shifts for K-12 Policy
The Democrat’s victory could reverse Trump-era positions on COVID-19 and civil rights, and will cost Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' job.
Evie Blad, November 7, 2020
12 min read
Federal 'Bye Betsy' and More: Education World Reacts to Biden Victory
Many educators celebrated Biden's win by waving goodbye to Betsy DeVos as K-12 groups urged the next administration to address key issues.
Andrew Ujifusa, November 7, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Opinion This Election Is Traumatizing for Many Students (and Educators). Here's How to Help
Three trauma-informed practices can ease polarization in the classroom, write professor Anita Chari and trauma therapist Angelica Singh.
Anita Chari & Angelica Singh, November 4, 2020
5 min read
Voters deliver their ballot to a polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz.
Voters deliver their ballot to a polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz.
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Federal Election 2020: A Note to Our Readers
With results of the 2020 presidential election undetermined as of EdWeek Update’s deadline, continue following edweek.org and the Politics K-12 blog for the latest updates and analysis.
The Editors, November 4, 2020
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Federal Two Black Democrats Beat Republican Incumbents to Transform a Suburban School Board
The school board in Gwinnett County, Ga., will shift from a 4-1 white Republican majority to a 3-2 Black Democratic majority, mirroring demographic changes in the county.
Mark Lieberman, November 4, 2020
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Opa-Locka, Fla. on Nov. 1.
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Opa-Locka, Fla. on Nov. 1.
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Federal K-12 Election Watch: 7 Big Questions for Schools and Education
From pandemic policies and federal aid to local school board races and the youth vote, here’s a look at things that matter for K-12 on Election Day 2020.
Evie Blad, November 2, 2020
7 min read
States Educators Prefer Governors With a More Cautious Approach to COVID-19
EdWeek Research Center survey tracks educator opinions of Trump, Devos, governors, and school boards on pandemic management.
Holly Kurtz, November 2, 2020
5 min read