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