Summary of 2010 Governor-Elect Education Positions

The 2010 midterm elections radically changed the state and local political landscape with 37 Governors races, 7 elected Chief State School Officers, 1,167 State Senate races and 4,916 State Representative races.

Republicans picked up the governor‰'s office in 12 states (FL, IA, KS, ME, MI, NM, OH,OK, PA, TN, WI, WY) and the governor‰'s office switched to the Democratic Party in four states (CA, CT,HI, VT). The Independent candidate won in RI. The Republicans maintained the governor‰'s office in 11 states(AL, AK, AZ, GA, ID, NE, NV, SC, SD, TX, UT) and Democrats held the seat in eight states (AR, CO, IL, MD, MA,NH, NY, OR). There is one seat that is still too close to call -- Minnesota.

Governors play a significant role in shaping education policy ranging from the adoption of academic standards (including Common Core Standards), teacher evaluation strategies, accountability systems, and the regulatory environment for charter schools and online providers. Governors also play a significant roll in implementing federal policy ranging from Race to the Top and enactment of key ESEA provisions.

On behalf of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the American Federation for Children, Whiteboard Advisors assembled the follow summary of each Governor-elect's education platform.

  • 25 had proposals focused on improving teacher and school leader effectiveness.
  • 22 has school funding proposals
  • 22 offered policies aimed at linking high school to college
  • 18 proposed to eliminate charter school caps or expand access
  • 16 suggested ways to increase options for parents
  • 13 proposed policies to expand online learning
  • 11 had early childhood proposals

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