As devoted EdWeek readers know, this election has potentially big implications for school policy at the state level. We’ll be here at State EdWatch throughout the evening on Nov. 2, tracking the results of some of the key governors’ and state superintendents’ races as they roll in. Check back that night for updates, and go to edweek.org for our coverage of the winners and losers.
Expect results from the East Coast to arrive first, though a lot will depend on how tight the races are. Most of the polls in Florida, for instance, close at 7 p.m. Eastern time, though the state’s two gubernatorial candidates, Alex Sink and Rick Scott, appear to be in a dead heat, so we may have to wait a bit to crown the victor.
The Georgia governor’s race, which pits Democrat Roy Barnes against Republican Nathan Deal is another to track. Moving west, Iowa incumbent Chet Culver, who has touted his expansion of preschool, is locked in a tough contest against former Gov. Terry Branstad, who sees his opponent’s program as too costly and bureucratic.
If you’re keen on edu-flavored congressional races, tune in to my colleague Alyson Klein’s blog on Politics K-12.
And for a nationwide overview of results as they come in, check out Edweek.org’s 50-state map, which will provide updates on governors and superintendents’ contests, as well as ballot initiatives.
A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.