Education impact from 2012 election results

2012 election education news san antonio texas bexar county pre-k 4 saThe 2012 general election is over; what was the impact on education?

Locally, Mayor Julian Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA initiative passed. “Local voters decide to put their money on Pre-K 4 SA”, Josh Baugh & Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News, November 7, 2012; “Pre-K plan overcame misstep with Democrats”, Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, November 7, 2012.

Other local races: Donna Campbell (R) won District 25 in the Texas Senate and Philip Cortez (D) won District 117 in the Texas House of Representative. Campbell supports school choice (including vouchers), whereas Cortez supports more funding for existing public schools. More coverage: “Campbell triumphs in race for state Senate”, Kolten Parker, San Antonio Express-News, November 7, 2012; “Cortez defeats Garza in House District 117 race”, Gary Scharrer, San Antonio Express-News, November 7, 2012.

On the State Board of Education, Marisa B. Perez (D) won in District 3 and incumbent Ken Mercer (R) won in District 5. “State Board of Education sees little shift”, Jeannie Kever, San Antonio Express-News, November 7, 2012. In District 1 (El Paso), incumbent Charlie Garza (R) lost to Martha Dominguez (D). “Incumbent Garza loses spot on education board”, Bryan-College Station Eagle, November 7, 2012. More SBOE election coverage at Texas Tribune.

Barack Obama (D) won re-election as President. Education was one of the few issues on which Obama and Romney seemed to have general agreement. “Romney and Obama on education”, Bill McKenzie, Dallas Morning News, November 5, 2012; “Rethinking the Classroom: Obama’s overhaul of public education”, Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post, September 20, 2012. Read more about Obama’s education reform credentials on this infographic from Democrats for Education Reform.

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