In Colorado the grand bargain finance reform measure failed with voters. It would have, among other things, raised taxes, sent more money to poor districts, and expanded pre-K education in the state. The defeat again raises the dilemma that underpins much of the education debate today: Given voter sentiment waiting until all the conditions for reform are in place sure seems like it’s going to be a long wait for students.
In Virginia a lot of speculation about what Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe will do on schools. But keep an eye on the Commonwealth’s senate, too. It’s a jump ball now pending some special elections and party control there will impact education policy.