This is an updated version of a post that I published initially on internationalednews.com
The US elections on November 3rd spawned uncertainty and anxiety across the country. In addition to summarizing the initial presidential election results (using the headline “Trump sets U.S. on course for institutional crisis”), Politico’s Global Translations provided links to headlines from around the world.
Beyond those headlines focusing on the Presidential election, I found a series of stories that described the implications for education at the national, state, and local levels as well as several articles and blog posts that explored how educators and students are responding so far.
Before the election, Education Week focused on 7 Big Questions for Schools and Education and noted as well that Educators Prefer Governors With a More Cautious Approach to COVID-19. After the election, Sean Cavanagh reported on the “muddled picture for K-12 and the education industry.”
Chalkbeat previewed 8 big consequences the election could have for America’s K-12 schools. After the election, they took a look at what the results mean for schools and reported on a series of education related issues in Indiana, Colorado, and Michigan:
- Control of the Indianapolis school board up in the air with two close races
- Proposition EE, nicotine tax measure for universal preschool, cruises to victory
- Incumbents, lawmaker take early lead in Detroit school board race
The74 continues to curate a live blog with updates on key education related votes across the country 2020 Liveblog — Education on the Ballot: Rolling Updates, Results & Analysis From 50 Key Votes That Could Reshape Education Policy. In addition, they have summarized many of the results of state and local elections for governors, senators, and school board members (Education on the ballot 2020) along with highlighted results of several different ballot initiatives:
- Pre-K Wins Big in Colorado, San Antonio, St. Louis, and Multnomah County
- California Ban on Affirmative Action in College Admissions Likely to Stay in Place
- Washington State Passes Sex Education Bill
- Florida Voters Choose to Amend State Constitution to Say ‘Only a Citizen’ Can Vote
Ballotpedia provides links to an extensive set of overviews and results of national elections, ballot measures/issues, state-by-state elections, and school board elections, and google searches of education and elections turns up many stories on local ballot measures and school board races.
Beyond the results, both before and after the election, a series of stories have been looking at the aftermath and how to deal with it in schools and classrooms.
- ‘You Can’t Be Silent.’ Schools Brace for the Presidential Election Aftermath, Time
- We Don’t Know Who Won the Election, But I Know What I’ll Say to My Class Today, Chris Dier, Education Week
- Election Uncertainty and Anxious Students: Inside 4 Social Studies Classrooms, Madeline Will, Education Week
- Uncertainty and angst: What the day after Election Day looked like in America’s classrooms, Chalkbeat