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 Climate & Safety Election Day Security Runs Smoothly Overall in Schools
School administrators across the country expressed relief last week after Election Day voting at school polling sites went relatively smoothly despite record-high turnouts.
School & District Management Legislative Shifts Alter Prospects for Funding and School Vouchers
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.
School & District Management Four Incumbent State Chiefs Stave Off Challengers
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.
Education Cincinnati Levy Passes; Detroiters Back Elected Board
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.
School Choice & Charters Wash. State Rejects Charter Law; Several States Defeat Aid Plans
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.
Federal Bush Education Agenda Headed for Renewal
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.
Education Incumbents Fare Well in State Chiefs’ Races
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.