Poor Marks for Teachers in Midterms
By Lauren Camera ~ US News ~
Unrest among teachers may have spurred more to run, but it didn’t lead to widespread victories.
The 2018 midterm election came on the heels of widespread teacher unrest that, in part, prompted thousands of educators to run for office. But as results rolled in Tuesday night, spilling into Wednesday and Thursday, it was clear voters ultimately didn’t propel a wave of teachers into elected positions.
According to an Education Week analysis, not even one-quarter of those currently employed as teachers ended up winning: In total, 42 of the 177 educators who filed to run for state legislative seats won, the analysis showed, just shy of 25 percent.
By another count, using publicly available state campaign data, the National Education Association found nearly 1,800 current and former educators, school counselors and school administrators were on the ballot this November running for state legislative seats – a large bulk of them hailing from states that experienced massive teacher protests and walkouts this spring over pay and benefits, including Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
While more teachers ran than is typical – about 1,600 ran in 2016 – early analysis suggests that it wasn’t a teacher sweep.