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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:05 PM

 

Education election news around the country:

Washington:

Still waiting on the charter school vote. Last I saw it was 50.5 yes, 49.5 no.

Oregon:

From a Parents Across America member in Portland, OR:

In Oregon, we voted down a repeal of an estate tax. We voted to reform our corporate kicker to have those funds go to K-12 when they would normally kick back, mostly to out of state corporations. We kept our current Labor Commissioner who is strong on CTE and restoring such classes and shops to our schools, and we won a Democratic House majority, and while I shouldn’t get my hopes up too soon, I think because of the work we have been doing, these Dems will be more vocal against the Governors awful ed plans. Locally in Portland, the big news is that we passed a major construction bond to finally update our facilities. AND, a local arts initiative passed to secure every K-5 student arts education at least once per week.

Connecticut: defeat for Rhee, Inc.

From the Parents Across America Newsletter:

The big news in Connecticut is the defeat of the charter revision in Bridgeport. The mayor, Bill Finch, supported by Michelle Rhee, her husband, Kevin Johnson, Michael Bloomberg, ConnCAN, business leaders and more pushed a revision to the city charter that would eliminate an elected school board in favor of one appointed by the mayor. Just over a year ago, in July 2011, Mayor Finch, the President of the State Board of Education, ConnCAN and TFA reps engineered an illegal takeover of Bridgeport’s BOE, which was overturned by the Connecticut Supreme Court. So, Mayor Finch and his allies aimed their efforts at disenfranchising Bridgeport parents through a revision of the city charter.

PAA-CT member and retired Judge Carmen Lopez, who was instrumental in the lawsuit challenging the illegal board takeover, worked tirelessly to educate the public about the implications of an appointed board. She wrote op-eds, and spoke at gatherings all over the city. BOE members Maria Pereira (also a PAA_CT member) and John Bagley also spoke out. Jonathan Pelto exposed the questionable campaign activities of Rhee and others.

In a surprise David vs. Goliath victory for democracy, the charter revision was defeated by a vote (unofficial) of 11,121 to 9,231.

Florida

From Scathing Purple Musings:

Floridians didn’t buy the religious freedom nonsense and defeated Bush’s Amendment 8. Voters saw that it was just another back-channel attempt to legalize vouchers. Nearly 1 million Floridians voted against the measure, clearly showing that republican and independent voters didn’t want it...

More at the link:

http://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/

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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:30 AM

1. Have you heard about Indiana?

Democrat Glenda Ritz beat-out school "reform" champion Tony Bennett to win the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction, receiving more votes than the winning gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence (R), clearly sending a message that Hoosiers do not approve of the direction that Indiana's Department of Education is heading in. The next day, however, Pence announced that he has no intention to change any of the policies that were pushed through by Tony Bennett, claiming that Hoosiers clearly approve of the direction their IDOE has been heading in since they voted for him. Concerned teachers and parents alike fear that the republican majority in the Indiana Statehouse will make Ritz's position an appointed position before the next election, to prevent a non-"reformer" from heading the office again.

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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:11 AM

2. Anything further on Washington?

>>The tally has not been completed because there are still about 600,000 ballots to count due to mail-in voting. Final results for King County, where Seattle is located, have not come in yet but so far the majority of votes in Seattle and the surrounding area have gone against charter schools (Go Seattle!)>>

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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:35 AM

3. K&R -- mostly good news! nt

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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:30 PM

4. I have been reading your posts about education.

You have done a great job. It's not a really popular topic, but it's vital to stop the dismantling of public schools.

So kudos and thanks.

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