1351 is still failing but has closed the gap by about 3,000 votes, 49.58% to No, 50.42%
end of update
1B passed handily. I was surprised at the "handily" part but Seattle folks are a generous bunch.
I am going to be speaking at the Board meeting tonight and I may include a bit about what the passage of 1B will mean to SPS. (I'd lay money a draft partnership agreement is coming very soon.) But will agreement of that partnership come with a carrot or a stick? I wonder if the money for the Federal Reserve building might materialize (via a group of businesses, maybe)?
I also think that the City will have to create a massive marketing campaign to get middle-class families into their programs. One, the "high quality" of first-time programs may give some families pause but the City truly only has a couple of years to get this underway before they need to come back to voters and ask for even more money. Two, when middle-class parents understand the massive database their 4-year olds will go into, I think many will say no. Not an appealing thought to most parents.
A last note on 1B for now - an odd thing happened to me yesterday. I got a phone call from a reporter asking about 1A and 1B. I speak with this reporter semi-regularly when election issues around public education come up but this person had not called me once during this season.
I went thru my reasoning but the person pressed me about why I didn't like subsidizing preschool but I was okay with subsidizing childcare. I demurred saying that was my personal opinion. I continued, saying that I had not pressed this as important during the campaign and didn't think it a central point, given that both sides were doing it (in some fashion).
It was a lot of "why do YOU" kind of questioning. It dawned on me later that this was really the nth hour to be asking any questions on these measures and maybe it wasn't about 1A or 1B but about seeking ways to undermine my reasoning.
I do like when it gets interesting in my world.
As for 1351, it's 50.57% No and 49.43% Yes (a difference of 13,555 votes). King County said yes and most counties reflected about a 55% no versus 45% yes vote. But in several counties it was in the low 60's for no. I wonder what worked and didn't work.
In any case, I think this indicates that the WEA is weakening. That they (and other supporters) barely lost the charter initiative and now the class size initiative may be evidence. One thing that is also worth considering is how unions went against each other over 1A versus 1B. Union members don't have to vote in lockstep but to actually publicly go against each other seems striking.
We will also have to ponder what the takeover of the Senate will mean to federal policy on public education. Many of those senators don't like Common Core but they do like vouchers.
And, of course, many of those now in the majority have not been very respectful or helpful to President Obama. It's almost like they wanted to obstruct anything he was doing just to do that. I think the country suffered from those actions. That we have no Surgeon General during this massive discussion over Ebola is telling.
So Obama has few reasons to want to work with people who have treat him - and the country - so badly. I'm looking for that veto pen to get a big workout.
In the end, we may see two more years of gridlock between the Congress and the President until the Big Show in 2016.