What we’re watching on Election Day | #Education | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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WHAT THE ELECTION WILL MEAN FOR EDUCATION Education policy looms unusually large over the 2020 presidential election as the nation’s schools and colleges — and the students who attend them — grapple with unprecedented upheaval and disruption from the coronavirus pandemic.

And the results of the presidential election, being tallied as coronavirus cases are again surging across the country, will have major consequences for how the federal government battles the pandemic — including how it addresses school reopening.

IT’S MONDAY, NOV. 2 ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY. WELCOME TO MORNING EDUCATION. Use our newsletter as a guide to watching education issues on Election Night — and the days that follow. Please send tips to your host at [email protected] or to my colleagues, Nicole Gaudiano at [email protected], Juan Perez Jr. at jp[email protected], and Bianca Quilantan at [email protected]. Share event listings: [email protected]. And follow us on Twitter: @Morning_Edu and @POLITICOPro.

Both candidates have telegraphed how they would approach education over the next four years. Democratic nominee Joe Biden would pursue massive new federal funding for K-12 schools, boost teacher pay and try to make public college tuition-free for some students. President Donald Trump has said his second-term priorities would include expanding school choice policies to every student and promoting “patriotic education” in the nation’s classrooms. Of course, how either Trump or Biden would govern will depend on control of Congress, which is up for grabs as well.

Beyond the presidential and congressional elections, we’re also watching down-ballot races: Four states must choose a state schools superintendent. Voters in 11 states will elect governors who will manage their state’s coronavirus response, including addressing schools and distributing some federal pandemic education aid. And a slew of ballot initiatives touch on education, perhaps most prominently in California, where voters will decide whether to reinstate affirmative action in the state’s public higher education systems.

What do you want to see happen on education policy in the next presidential term? Washington is in for a major transition come Tuesday — either a new Biden administration or a second-term Trump administration. What should be at the top of either of their lists to get done on education? Let us know and we may publish your responses in our next issue on Nov. 9.

Last week, we asked whether students at your school were missing classes and what the school district is doing to locate them. Here’s what one of you told us:

“At our middle school (fully remote through January), some students are definitely missing class very consistently. Every student is assigned a staff member as a mentor and they are supposed to have weekly 1:1 check-ins via phone, video, email, etc. We try to engage parents first but that can be difficult with the population we serve. We then conduct home visits and try to work with counseling to set up attendance incentives (pizza lunch reward for a family, etc.) for students. We try very hard to avoid taking students to court.” — Bobby Aiyer, student support coach, Burien, Wash.

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