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ERIC Number: EJ1000116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-14
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Voters Offer Mixed Signs
Ujifusa, Andrew
Education Week, v32 n12 p1, 20-21 Nov 2012
On an Election Day filled with dozens of state races and ballot measures with big implications for the nation's public schools, state teachers' unions and charter school champions had plenty to cheer in the aftermath, even as tax measures that would help pay for schools suffered setbacks in some places. Union efforts were instrumental in overturning a trio of high-profile laws in Idaho that included limits on teachers' bargaining rights, along with pay based in part on student performance. And they were a key part of the coalition that successfully pushed for passage of a temporary tax measure deemed crucial to school funding in California. Likewise, charter advocates were poised to celebrate the passage--after three previous failed attempts--of a ballot measure allowing charter schools in Washington state, along with a new law in Georgia that likely will increase charters' growth. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night for followers of state education policy: the defeat of Indiana schools Superintendent Tony Bennett, a voucher and charter school supporter who overhauled teacher evaluations in the Hoosier State.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Colorado; Georgia; Idaho; Indiana; Maine; Michigan; Minnesota; New York; Tennessee; Washington