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Election Night: Not Good (To Say The Least), But With A Few Bright Spots

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It wasn’t a good election night, but it did have a few bright spots. First, some overall perspectives and then some “takes” on education related ones:

Here’s my overall perspective:

Ezra Klein has a good summary of what happened last night — 9 takeaways from the 2014 election.

Now, for education:

Education Week has the most thorough analysis — on what a Republican Senate means for education and just about every other imaginable ed-related election that took place last night. They also had a good pre-election guide.

Here in California, a big bright spot is that it looks like Tom Torlakson has defeated “school reformer” Marshall Tuck, despite the huge quantities of money spent on Tuck by just about every rich “reformer” in the U.S. That’s a big victory for teachers, students and their families. You can read more about it at The Sacramento Bee and L.A. Times.

In another piece of good news, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson lost an effort to make his office much more powerful. He’s a school reformer in his own right, not to mention that he’s married to Michelle Rhee. This vote is a big loss for him, which means it makes it more unlikely he’s going to try to use his influence in our local schools.

In particularly depressing news, most school board candidates backed by our local teachers union lost. That’s going to make for a couple of tough years.

What are your highlights/lowlights?

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. It is important to vote in the election for sanate and representative in the United States, but it is important to be consicious about the value of the vote and the importantce to vote for leaders that respond the needs of the community in the Senate. The education is a field very important for the community, because the education permits that the people be happy and live in liberty and respecto with others.

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