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All-Election Friday Reading List: Unions Get Out the Vote, Clinton and “Reformers”

By Alyson Klein — October 28, 2016 2 min read
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There’s a little more than a week left in the 2016 presidential race, not that anyone is counting down the minutes or anything. So what do last-ditch get-out-the-vote efforts look like? And what are some post-election predictions for K-12 policy?

Check out these news tidbits and good reads:

  • The National Education Association announced Friday that it’s launched a “six figure” ad buy in 17 swing states to support Hillary Clinton—Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin—including both digital ads and direct mail. The American Federation of Teachers is also out with a new, $500,000 ad buy highlighting Clinton’s commitment to diversity. More from the Washington Post. And the leaders of both unions are planning a canvass event in Florida this weekend, sticking mostly to the swing areas of that swing state, Orlando and Tampa.
  • Sure, campaigns these days practically live on instant media, but it’s still the shoe-leather, get-out-the-vote efforts (canvassing, voter registration, phone banking) that matter most in the waning days of a presidential campaign. We followed a pair of teachers in York, Pa.—including a former fan of one-time Clinton rival, Sen. Sanders of Vermont—to see what it’s like. We also talked to other teachers about why they are gung-ho about, or sitting out, this election. The story here.
  • Teachers’ unions may be pretty excited about Clinton, but some folks who fall into the education “reformer” camp are nervous about her, at least behind the scenes. Now, a series of emails in Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s inbox, released by WikiLeaks, shows that Laurene Powell Jobs, the founder of the Emerson Collective, and a group of others, including Carrie Walton Penner of the Walton Family Foundation and Stacey Childress of the New Schools Venture Fund, sought to meet with Clinton in the spring of 2015. Podesta thought it was worthwhile for him and Ann O’Leary, the campaign’s senior policy advisor, to meet with them, but he added, that he was “not sure we can reassure them.” The emails were unearthed by Politico’s Morning Education.
  • OK, so 3rd graders (and other K-12 kids) can’t vote, but if they could, they’d vote for Hillary Clinton, according to Scholastic’s 2016 Students Vote. Clinton snagged 52 percent of the ballots cast nationally, while her opponent, Donald Trump, got just 35 percent. Thirteen percent of students decided to write in a name, or went with other options, which is an unusually high percentage, Scholastic says. The kids’ vote has predicted the outcome of the actual adult election every year since 1940, with just two exceptions, 1948 and 1960.

  • It’s looking more and more likely that Hillary Clinton has the upper hand in the presidential race, while Republicans keep the House and maybe the Senate. So does that mean that her free college initiative and plans to help states dramatically beef up their early childhood offerings would quickly come to fruition? Don’t bet on it, says Rick Hess, AEI’s direction of education policy, and an EdWeek blogger, in this op-ed for The Hill.
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