End of update
Well, that was unpleasant.
Good article from the NY Times:
“Tonight data died,’’ he added.
In their view the government was broken, the economic system was broken, and, we heard so often, the news media was broken, too. Well, something surely is broken. It can be fixed, but let’s get to it once and for all.
What will Trump do for education? Here's a comment from a reader, Sad News:
My guess is that with Trump's business background, we will see an increase in corporate interests in public education. More dismantling of our public education system which is the foundation of our democracy. Dismantling what the founders of the US public education system accomplished. Learning from history and looking around the world, we anticipate in the education world that this would lead to even more gross inequality between elites and the masses. I have a graduate degree in education. My college of education professor's worst nightmare.I agree. It will lean towards charters and vouchers and "personalized learning." It may even get more test-based to prove competency. Given that Trump is likely to put Christie, Guiliani and Gingrich in his cabinet, I shudder to think who will be Secretary of Education (if he even leaves it as a department.)
One interesting thing is that there is surely a divide among Republicans. They certainly don't all agree with what he says he wants to do and you have to wonder if they will check him at times or just go along? It would be amusing to see an issue that the majority of the House and Senate are united on override a Trump veto.
Via Diane Ravitch:
He pledged to take $20 billion from existing federal programs, probably Title I, and give it to the states to be used for charters and vouchers. It will be up to the states to protect what they can of public education.But just as Trump got elected, two key public education issues got decided last night. The state of Massachusetts voted an absolute NO to lifting the cap on the number of charter schools in their state. This despite millions of dollars poured in from outside the state to the Yes campaign.
Other news via Diane Ravitch:
Voters in Georgia rejected Amendment 1, which would have allowed the Governor to take over low-scoring schools and put them in an “Opportunity School District,” a district of charter schools, whether for-profit or non-profit. Georgians apparently didn’t like the idea of abolishing local control of their schools. The vote was similar to Massachusetts, 60-40%. Voters were not fooled by the deceptive language.What I see from these election results is that people do like local control of public education. How that plays out against what changes happen from federal point of view remain to be seen.
Voters in Washington State re-elected the Supreme Court judges who declared that charter schools are not public schools, rejecting the judges supported by Bill Gates.
Lastly, the first vote drop shows a close race for state superintendent of public instruction with Chris Reykdal leading Erin Jones, 51%-49%. I believe the next count will come at about 4:30 pm today.