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What Will the Election Mean for the Future of K-12?

By Alyson Klein — November 06, 2012 1 min read
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It’s election day—so get out and vote!

Tonight, your Politics K-12 team—Alyson and Michele—plus Andrew Ujifusa of State Ed Watch fame, will be up late, late tonight, watching edu- election returns so that you can stick to TV Land reruns. Keep checking, and the blog—and follow us on twitter at @politicsk12.

Want to know what’s at stake? Check out our Voters Guide for a breakdown of where President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee, stand when it comes to key K-12 issues. And don’t miss Andrew’s great analyses of state chiefs races and ballot initiatives—which frankly, can have even bigger implications in some states for K-12 than the results of the presidential election.

Want to know what will be on the next president’s to-do list, no matter who wins? Check out this story. (Spoiler: Spending issues are going to be a big deal.)

Later on tonight—and in the days after the election, we’ll be bringing you plenty of “What Now?” analysis, taking a look at the implications of the results for K-12.

But, keep in mind, that it can be tough to tell where things will shake out in a presidential term in the hours, and even the days, immediately following the election. Want proof? Check out this story, which ran the night Obama was elected, in 2008. There’s a prominent mention of his plan to significantly beef up teacher residency programs and steer $10 billion to prekindergarten—which never came to fruition. And not a word about $100 billion for education, which was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act a couple months later—that just wasn’t on the horizon on election night.

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