Lisa Gibes is 50CAN’s vice president of strategy and external relations. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:

News & analysis:
Respite on Ed. Issues Unlikely for Election Winners

From the White House to Capitol Hill, the winners in this week’s elections won’t have much time to savor their victories. Even as federal policymakers sort out the political landscape, the remainder of 2012 and the early months of 2013 are likely to be dominated by divisive, unresolved issues with broad consequences for K-12 and higher education—some of which require immediate action. (Education Week) 

Record Number Complete High School and College
Although the United States no longer leads the world in educational attainment, record numbers of young Americans are completing high school, going to college and finishing college, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available census data. (New York Times) 

Sick of the Presidential Race? Here Are 2 Education Ballot Measures to Watch
When it comes to education, there’s much at stake Tuesday beyond the race for president. Voters in several states are being asked to approve significant changes to how public schools operate and are funded. There are two particularly interesting ballot measures in play: in Washington State, where voters will be asked to allow the formation of charter schools; and in Missouri, where a significant hike in the state’s tobacco tax could raise badly needed revenues for both K-12 and higher education. Both votes serve as important reminders that the policies that most directly affect students, educators, and communities are typically not federal directives. Rather, it’s the initiatives enacted at the state and local level — with voter support — that often spur the most visible reform. (The Atlantic) 

Mississippi School Funding Shortfalls Could Trigger Even Lower Target
The state spending less money on local school districts in recent years could result in a reduction in how much it is legally obligated to provide K-12 education in the coming years. (Huffington Post) 

Georgia’s Voters Will Decide on Future of Charter Schools
Staff members in the charter school division of the Georgia Department of Education keep notepads in their offices inscribed with a mantra: “Is it best for students? Then do it.” But when it comes to charter schools, parents, teachers, education officials and legislators are deeply divided over what exactly would be best for students. (New York Times) 

Education In The Election: Ballot Initiatives Could Transform State Education Policies
As millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, most of the attention will be on the tight presidential race. But there are a number of ballot initiatives across the country that could significantly impact state education systems. Here’s a look at how voters could change policies on school choice, merit pay and more. Check back with The Hechinger Report after Election Day to find out the results. (Huffington Post) 

New York:
Tuesday Offers Extra Day to Regroup and Repair

After schools opened for the majority of students Monday, the Bloomberg administration says it will take advantage of another day off for students to work through a relocation plan for schools in buildings badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Students are off Tuesday because of Election Day. (School Book)



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