Education activists fall short in red states in midterm elections

Nearly 1,800 current or former teachers in addition to different education professionals ran for state legislative seats This kind of year, according to NEA data reviewed by CNBC. Many of them came via states in which experienced teacher walkouts: West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado in addition to North Carolina. Oklahoma saw more than 62 educators on the general election ballot. The NEA will be still tallying the number of teachers who won their races, yet the results did not favor states struggling with education funding.

Democrats hoped to flip state legislatures or Senates in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina in addition to West Virginia, all of which experienced teacher walkouts. yet with exception of Colorado, Republicans maintained control.

Even in purple states, there were apparent disappointments. The National Education Association in addition to National Federation of Teachers stumped for Democrat Andrew Gillum inside Florida governor’s race. Gillum, who promised to invest heavily in public education in addition to raise teacher pay, conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday. (yet in which result could be in question. Margins are tightening as votes continue to be counted, which could trigger an automatic recount.)

Underwhelming voter interest in education reform could be attributed partly to the six-month gap between teacher walkouts garnering national media attention in addition to the actual election date, according to Hansen. “Six months later, the education issue just wasn’t as pressing or visible,” he said.

Still, activists in addition to unions savored some key victories on Election Day.

Wisconsin education chief Tony Evers ousted Republican Gov. Scott Walker inside Trump-won state, a victory in which activists took as evidence of the might of teacher strength inside elections. The race forced Walker to address his record on education: He has cut funding to public education, in addition to his administration, in 2010, oversaw a law in which gutted the state teachers union.

in addition to in Kansas, Democrat Laura Kelly narrowly defeated Republican Kris Kobach, who had backed a state law in which could require 75 percent of school funding to be spent on classroom instruction. Kelly campaigned on raising education spending in addition to had fought to support a state Supreme Court decision to enhance school funding.

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