In Washington State the anti-charter school referendum succeeded and the sales tax increase for education failed…Perhaps if the two campaigns had worked together with a unified message about investing more in schools and offering parents more public options? Also in WA, state superintendent Terry Bergeson won reelection, a decision with ramifications for the state’s standards and assessment program.
In AZ, voters decided to expand the state board of education, that means representation for the state’s charter schools.
In San Diego voters soundly defeated a school board candidate whose campaign basically seemed to be predicated on the notion that the local teachers’ union is always right and San Diego schools chief Alan Bersin is always wrong. Maybe less toxic there? Here’s hoping.