A lot of state elections with consequence for education happening tomorrow, here’ s a quick summary via Whiteboard. Washington State gubernatorial arguably the most-watched, but others that matter.
Also some ballot initiatives that will impact education. Keep an eye charter issues in WA and GA, collective bargaining in MI, and a big education package in ID. In FL a church/state constitutional amendment with ramifications for school choice there. And in MD a state version of the DREAM Act.
Update: School choice backers in Florida want distance from that ballot issue. Doug Tuthill writes to say:
…because of the US Supreme Court’s 2002 Zelman decision, Florida’s school choice community thinks Amendment 8 has no relevance for parents using public funds to pay for tuition and fees at faith-based schools. The Florida Supreme Court apparently agrees since they ruled the old Jeb Bush voucher program unconstitutional on grounds other than Florida’s Blaine amendment.
Our nonprofit is providing over 50,000 low-income students with tax credit scholarships this fall to attend about 1,350 private schools, 80% of which are faith-based schools. The McKay scholarship, which is a voucher program, is funding about 24,500 special education students this fall to attend private schools and about half of these are faith-based schools. So Florida’s Blaine amendment hasn’t been an impediment to growth and we don’t anticipate it ever will be. The impetus for Amendment 8 came from a suit a secular humanist group filed against a local prison rehabilitation program that is run by a Christian organization.