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Election 2006: Education Perspectives

With the election over (for the most part), what do the results mean for education on a national, state, and local level? Bloggers and education groups all over the Web are chiming in and making predictions about how the election fallout, particularly the new Democratic leadership in the U.S. House and on the House education committee, will impact education. Over at Eduwonk, Andrew J. Rotherham is downplaying the results for schools but he delves into some states where the outcome of elections may alter the educational landscape. Alexander Russo at This Week In Education says the change of leadership may bring a burst of new education rhetoric but little influence on nuts and bolts issues like funding, or significant alterations to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. At the Dayton Daily News, reporter Scott Elliott says on his education blog that governor-elect Ted Strickland, who once called charter schools a “rip off,” may re-order some educational priorities in the state. Mr. Elliott touchers on changes to the state school board and on the Dayton, Ohio school board as well. Get Schooled, a blog from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, highlights a story about the re-election of the Georgia state superintendent of schools and prompts a discussion about what the second-term education leader should be working on.

If you’re getting a bit tired of all this news and analysis, the Chalkboard takes a look at election day in a different way, musing about why schools close for the day and whether they should really stay open. And for those who by election day had had enough of tape-recorded politicians calling their homes during the dinner hour, Jay Mathews, education reporter for The Washington Post, lists his seven stupid things politicians say about education.

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