Your Education Road Map

Politics K-12®

ESSA. Congress. State chiefs. School spending. Elections. Education Week reporters keep watch on education policy and politics in the nation’s capital and in the states. Read more from this blog.


So What Happens After Tomorrow?

By Alyson Klein — November 03, 2008 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

It isn’t even election day yet, but education bloggers are already asking that question.

Jay Matthews at the Washington Post thinks the next president will have to be an “education president” - no matter what happens in the election. Andy Rotherham over at Eduwonk takes a look at what will happen to the GOP on education, if, as many polls predict, Sen. John McCain loses the election and Republicans take a major hit in congressional elections.

My guess? Well, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, asked Obama what his top priority would be if he wins the election.(Video below). Education spending was one of the choices. Obama’s answer? Righting the faltering economy. He listed education as “priority number 5" behind energy, health care, and middle class tax cuts.

Given the state of Wall Street and Main Street, I’m thinking there just isn’t going to be a lot of attention on education, at least during the first six months of the new administration. The next president will have to spend his political capital on fixing the economy.

Related Tags: