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Rise & Shine: Big blue wave crashes over New York State, bringing new priorities for education

Results in Tuesday’s midterm election were mixed nationwide, with Republicans adding to their U. S. Senate majority while Democrats took back control of the U. S. House of Representatives. But in New York State, the big blue wave that some observers had long predicted materialized, washing away a number of Republican state senators in the legislature, and leaving Democrats firmly in control for the first time since 2010. With Gov. Cuomo’s re-election as well, Dems now enjoy a ‘trifecta’ of one-party rule over both sides of the statehouse and the governor’s mansion. The implications for education are many, with charter schools likely to find a less receptive audience in Albany and more unified calls for additional state funding for school districts. We provide the rundown. Others see new battles over school segregation ahead.

At the national level, President Trump will likely claim a vote of confidence in his policies, including his administration’s determination to add a new question about citizenship to the census, which could have a deleterious effect on the New York City budget. And take some time to look at Chalkbeat’s other election coverage from across the country, where a strong advocate of early-childhood education has become the new governor of Illinois and a new governor in Michigan promises to transform Detroit's troubled schools. And over in Jersey, Newark voters decided overwhelmingly to stick with an elected school board instead of opting for mayoral control after years of state oversight for the school district.

There was also some news outside of Tuesday’s election. Schools Chancellor Carranza suggested that a fatal school stabbing at one school last year might have caused a citywide uptick in school suspensions, and students in foster care need better bus service to school, according to one report.

--Sara, NY bureau chief

LOCAL BLUE WAVE In a resounding victory, Democrats won control of the New York State legislature, with big implications for charter schools, state funding for districts, and other education priorities. Chalkbeat, The New York Daily News, The New York Times

Gov. Cuomo also won re-election but his agenda, on education and other matters, doesn’t always square with that of other members of his party, especially on issues such as segregation and equity in school funding. The New York Times, The 74

BUS WOES New York City students in foster care often struggle when they change homes to get the bus service they need to their old schools, robbing them of an important source of stability. NY1

SUSPENSION SOURCE The death of one student in a fatal stabbing at a school last year may have been behind a surge in suspensions citywide, schools Chancellor Carranza suggested on Tuesday. Chalkbeat

A QUESTION OF MONEY New York City could lose money and power if the Trump administration succeeds in adding a citizen question to the census. Bloomberg

TODDLER ADVOCATE The newly elected governor of Illinois, a Democrat, has gained a national reputation as an advocate for early childhood education. Chalkbeat Chicago

A NEW DAY IN MICHIGAN Michigan’s newly elected governor has cast herself as a defender of the Detroit public schools but questions remain about whether she can really deliver on her promises to the school system. Chalkbeat Detroit

VOTER CONTROL Newark voters decided they’d like to keep an elected school board less than a year after the state handed back control of the district to the city instead of giving the mayor power to appoint the board’s members. Chalkbeat Newark