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2020 Liveblog — Education on the Ballot: Rolling Updates, Results & Analysis From 50 Key Votes That Could Reshape Education Policy
This liveblog is part of The 74’s ongoing coverage of the 2020 candidates who could reshape America’s schools. Get our latest updates and analysis delivered straight to your inbox with our daily newsletter; track our complete coverage of all 50 victorious candidates right here.
From the presidency to district school board races, from Congress to statehouses to local ballot propositions, education is on the ballot coast to coast this Election Day. The 74’s team of correspondents across the country is tracking some 50 key races and votes this week that will shape city and state education policy for years to come.
We’ll be posting updates, context, winners and analysis of the ramifications throughout the week at the liveblog below; the chat will update in real time and you can join the conversation by clicking “comment.” (Also a reminder that you can always find our full catalog of 2020 election previews at our EDlection2020 homepage — and follow our rolling updates through election week on our Twitter account.)
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EDlection 2020 Spotlight — Here are some of the key states, candidates, majorities and issues we were previewing ahead of Election Night:
- Teachers on the Ballot: 25 former educators poised to win state legislative seats today (Read the full story)
- The Youth Vote: Jeff Foster taught Parkland students the power of protests. Now he’s on a mission to inspire the next generation of voters (Read the full interview)
- Senate Control: Election to bring major changes to Senate education committee, with early childhood champion Patty Murray likely to lead if Democrats prevail (Read the full story)
- The Presidency — Race, Trump & History Curriculum: Weeks before election, president leaps into culture war skirmish over teaching the 1619 Project (Read the full story)
- The Presidency — Biden’s Record on Crime & School Militarization: Why Biden’s legacy on campus cops matters and puts him at odds with some progressives (Read the full story)
- Texas: What Democrats’ statehouse ascent might mean for state’s singular K-12 political landscape (Read the full preview)
- Alaska: An education activist is trying to unseat the House of Representatives’s longest-serving Republican — and flip Alaska (Read the full preview)
- Georgia: A referendum on race in board election for Gwinnett County, one of the nation’s largest and most stable school districts (Read the full story)
- New York: Democrats could win big in the state Senate this fall. What that could mean for funding in America’s largest school district (Read the full story)
- New Orleans: By design, New Orleans school board has limited power. Today’s high-stakes election may change that (Read the full preview)
- Student Poll Workers: Too young to vote, eager to make sure you can — Meet the high school students keeping America’s polls open (Read the full story)
- The Politics of Reopening: New research suggests politics, not science, is driving school reopening decisions to a ‘really dangerous’ degree (Read the full story)