What Education Issues Are on State Ballots for 2012?

The U.S. national election is just over a month away. Of course a lot of attention is focused on the presidential race, but there are a host of issues on state ballots across the country -- including several focused on education.

Andrew Ujifusa has kindly outlined the notable education-related ballot measures and legislative referendums in a recent article on EdNewsColorado, as well as provided an overview of some of the highlights.

A lot of the initiatives are focused on money issues, but here are a few exceptions:
  • both Georgia and Washington will be voting on whether or not to allow the establishment of charter schools;
  • Idaho has 3 propositions that affect teachers, including one focused on restricting collective bargaining rights and one that would uphold "pay for performance" based in part on test scores;
  • Oklahoma's initiative "asks voters whether the state should be prohibited from granting 'preferential treatment to or discriminating against' individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, ethnicity, or national origin for public employment or public education."
  • Maryland is voting on whether to "allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at community colleges, subject to certain preconditions. Such immigrants would have to register for the Selective Service System and show intent to apply for permanent residency in order to qualify."
Find out more.

~ Marsha

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