Despite post-Parkland surge in youth vote, student activists largely fail to oust pro-gun candidates in midterms
In the months that followed February’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, student survivors launched a large-scale campaign to encourage youth voter turnout — and to knock pro-gun lawmakers out of power. The success of those young people on Election Day, however, is open to debate. While Parkland activists played a role in encouraging a...
By Mark Keierleber | November 8, 2018
EDlection2018: Gavin Newsom focuses on immigrants, children and families in his victory speech after being elected California’s governor
Gavin Newsom accepted his victory in California’s race for governor with a speech focused on immigrants, children and keeping families together. Newsom, 51, will be the first governor in decades to hold office while raising young children. He has four children, ages 2 to 9, which, he has said, makes him “more righteous about public...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 8, 2018
EDlection2018: Education reformer Marshall Tuck has narrow lead in extremely close race for California’s state superintendent of schools — once again the most expensive schools chief race in election history
*Updated After the costliest race ever for a state schools chief, education reformer Marshall Tuck appears to have narrowly won his second bid for California’s superintendent of public instruction, according to unofficial results from the state. “I think the most important thing in our state is our public schools,” Tuck told NBC4 Tuesday night as early...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 7, 2018
EDlection2018: Gavin Newsom easily wins governor’s race in California, which he vows to make ‘a state of results and of refuge’
*Updated Nov. 7 with new poll results Gavin Newsom easily defeated John Cox to become governor of California in a race that in effect was a referendum on President Donald Trump and his policies. “Too many Californians are priced out of housing, healthcare and higher education. Too many children are growing up in poverty and...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 7, 2018
Election Liveblog: Across California and beyond, all the latest updates on 56 races that could reshape education policy
From California to New York, we’ve been liveblogging the midterm elections and offering rolling results, insights and analysis of 56 key votes that could drive education policy beyond 2020. Follow along live in the window below; you can also join the conversation by clicking the “Comment” button beneath any post. To get in-depth coverage of...
By LA School Report | November 5, 2018
EDlection2018: San Francisco’s undocumented and legal non-citizens have their first chance to vote Tuesday — Here’s why most won’t
San Francisco on Tuesday will become the largest U.S. city to allow non-citizens to vote in a citywide election. But only a few dozen have registered as anti-immigrant rhetoric has intensified leading into the midterms. City voters two years ago approved the change, but for school board elections only, making it the first California city...
By Taylor Swaak | November 2, 2018
EDlection2018: To a divided nation, teachers running for office are telling America: We are just what you need
After watching a year’s worth of ugly fights over how to keep kids safe, how to value teachers, and how to get schools what they need, hundreds of educators across the country are running for office, many with the message that teachers are just what the nation needs because they know how to help people...
By Laura Fay | November 2, 2018
LAUSD sends new offer to its teachers union nearly meeting its salary demands, but class sizes keep the two sides apart
*Updated Oct. 31 LA Unified moved close to agreeing to all its teachers union’s salary demands, but the union called the new offer “insulting” for not matching its plan to lower class sizes. And the sweetened offer did not seem to put a damper on the union’s threats to strike. In a statement, its president...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 31, 2018
Countdown to EDlection2018, California & beyond: As midterms approach, here’s what new polls show in 16 key races with big stakes for schools
It has been a whiplash two years in American politics, and that has trickled down to education policy, from the controversial appointment of Betsy DeVos as education secretary to heated debates about school safety that have arisen in the wake of several mass school shootings. Now, with midterm elections only days away, it’s time for...
By Carolyn Phenicie and Kevin Mahnken | October 31, 2018
School safety tops young people’s list of election concerns. But will it lead them to vote?
The February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and subsequent student activism around school safety and gun control are fueling young people’s political engagement ahead of next week’s midterm elections. “We can argue all we want, but the only way we win the argument [for more gun control] is when we go and we vote on...
By Carolyn Phenicie | October 29, 2018