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Massachusetts: Fall-out for K-12 and 2010 Midterms

By Alyson Klein — January 25, 2010 1 min read

Folks are still sorting out the results of the Massachusetts special election, and what it means for the Democrats’ congressional agenda. (In case you somehow missed it, Bay State voters selected a Republican, Sen.-elect Scott Brown, to fill the seat of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Democratic stalwart who passed away last year.)

Mike Petrilli, over at Flypaper, took the first crack at explaining what all this means for the Obama administration’s K-12 plans. And Alexander Russo dug up some great news stories on Brown and education; be sure to click on the one about the school assembly.

Now it looks like other Democrats are reading the Massachusetts results and wondering if 2010 is the right time to run.

Beau Biden, the attorney general in Delaware and son of vice-president Joe Biden, was expected to run for his father’s Senate seat, but now has decided against it. He says it is because of his duties as attorney general, but some are guessing that the results in Massachusetts may have had caused Biden to reassess his chances of winning.

The edu-angle? This is a big boost for Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware, the likely Republican candidate. He’s long been very interested in education issues and tends to be a moderate voice. If he was on the Senate education committee, he would probably work closely with Republicans like Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Sen. Richard Burr on finding common ground with Democrats on K-12 policy.

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