EdWeek's Election Watch
Complete coverage of the 2018 midterm elections
The stakes were high in this year’s midterm elections for K-12 policy, with 36 governorships up for grabs, along with more than three-quarters of state legislative seats, and pivotal votes for control of the U.S. Congress.
And among the candidates running for office were teachers—at least 177 had filed to run for state legislative seats, according to an Education Week analysis.
Here highlights from around the country on the what happened in key races on Election Day, along with background articles and Commentaries on the big education issues that fueled this year’s elections.
Debates over teacher pay and more money for schools tested voters’ appetite for tax hikes to raise that money. Now comes the reckoning for newly elected officials.
Sand Springs, Okla.
Those who hoped for a “teacher wave” are likely to be disappointed by the election results, but many educators say the losses only strengthen their resolve to fight for better pay and school funding.
The 2016 National Teacher of the Year will represent Connecticut’s 5th district, becoming the first African-American woman from the state to serve in Congress.
Election Roundup: Winners, Losers, and the Education Connection
K-12 education was a factor in scores of high-profile races this midterm election, from contests for governors and U.S. Senate to state schools superintendents. Voters also faced education-related ballot measures touching on issues including funding, school choice, infrastructure, and governance. Here are some highlights, with results to be updated.
More highlights from Education Week’s 2018 election night coverage:
- 'It's Like a High School Girl Fight': Talking Politics With Students After Election Day
- Five New Governors to Watch on Education
- Election Night Brings Highs and Lows for Oklahoma Teachers
- Teachers Defiant After Educator Loses Bid for Arizona Governor
- With a Schools Superintendent Running the State, What Lies Ahead for Wisconsin?
- Buckle Up, Betsy DeVos: It Looks Like Democrats Have Won the House
- Expansion of School Vouchers Gets Trounced in Arizona
- Governors, State Chiefs, and Ballot Measures: What Voters Decided
- Four Principals Win Seats in Oklahoma's Statehouse
- What Newly Elected Teachers Should Do Next
- Even If They Lose, Teachers Who Run for Office Score a Win
Catch up on EdWeek’s Election Day Watch party!
Teacher candidates made waves on election night, and Education Week’s Madeline Will and Daarel Burnette II were on the ground in Oklahoma and Arizona live-tweeting the action. Catch up on their commentary and highlights from the races that matter to educators by following the hashtag #EdWeekWatchParty.
Teachers Who Ran for Office
During 2018’s many statewide teacher strikes and protests, teachers promised to carry their concerns over pay and school funding straight to the polls. At least 177 teachers ran for their state legislatures in more than half the country, according to an Education Week analysis. But most were not successful: Just 43 current teachers were elected on Nov. 6. We compiled a searchable database of all teachers who ran for state office, including their party affiliations, school districts, subjects taught, and other relevant information. Check it out.
2020 Vision: Education Policy and Politics Beyond the Midterms
At this live event, Education Week and The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development join forces for a look at the 2018 midterm elections and what education issues and controversies are likely to resonate in the fast-approaching 2020 election year, with control of both the White House and Congress in the balance.
Nov. 28, 2018 | George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium, Washington, D.C.