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1 2006 General Election Federal and State Elections November 2006

2 What’s At Stake In 2006? Federal –Legislative Branch 435 seats in the US House of Representatives 33 seats in the US Senate State –Executive Branch 36 gubernatorial seats –Legislative Branch 44 states elect legislators in both houses 2 states elect legislators in only one house 80% of state legislative seats –Chief State School Officers 8 states elect chief state school officers 10 states elect governors who will appoint chief state school officers

3 Pre-Election Federal Political Context Senators: Republicans 44 Democrats 1 Independent Representatives: Republicans 201 Democrats 1 Independent 3 Vacancies 2000 Census: 281,998,273 Estimated Voting Age Population: 205,815,000 Registered: 156,421,311

4 Republican (15) Democrat (17) Independent (1) 2006 US Senate Races

5 Republican (9) Democrat (22) Independent (2) 2006 US Senate Results

6 Republican (197) Democrat (229) 2006 US House Most Republican Losses

7 Post-Election Federal Political Context Senators: Republicans 49 Democrats 2 Independents Representatives: Republicans 229 Democrats 9 undecided 2000 Census: 281,998,273 Estimated Voting Age Population: 205,815,000 Registered: 156,421,311

8 Pre-Election State Political Context Governors: Republicans 22 Democrats Legislatures: Republican 19 Democratic 10 Split 1 Nonpartisan Chief State School Officers: Elected 13 Appointed by governors 23 Appointed by boards

9 2006 Pre-Election Governors Republican (28) Democrat (22)

10 2006 Governor Races Republican (22) Democrat (14)

11 2006 Governors Races-Education Issues School Consolidation/Facilities STEM Programs High School Reform –Dual Enrollment –Expanded AP/IB –Career/Technical/Vocational Programs Highly Qualified Teachers –Recruitment/Retention –Compensation/Professional Development Choice (Vouchers, Charter Schools) Expanding Pre- and Full-Day Kindergarten P-20 Councils Turnaround Low-Performing Schools Improving & Expanding Financial Aid Reducing Class Sizes

12 2006 Post-Election Governors Republican (22) Democrat (28)

13 2006 New Governors-Education Agendas

14 Alaska Republican Sarah Palin Recruit Highly Qualified Teachers Provide Parental Choice –Public Schools –Private Schools –Charter Schools –Correspondence –Cyber Schools –Home Schools Bolster Vocational/Technical Training Increase Parental Involvement

15 Arkansas Democrat Mike Beebe Develop Universal Pre-K ($40 million) Improve Parental Involvement Seamless Education Transition with After-School & Summer Programs Develop Statewide Broadband Infrastructure & Provide Technology Equity Ensure Teacher Quality Encourage Traveling Teachers Launch Pilot Program for Comprehensive Alternative Pay Option Need-based Financial Aid for Educational Enhancement Grants Expand Career Pathways Initiative

16 Colorado Democrat Bill Ritter Develop Teacher Cadet Programs Establish Principals Institute Support Pay for Performance Improve Teacher Recruitment Expand Early Childhood Education Create Child Care Report Card More Opportunities for Low-Performing Schools Greater Emphasis on Math & Science Incorporate Technology & Create Robust Data Systems Streamline Accountability Systems Establish P-20 Council Salvage Community College System

17 Florida Republican Charlie Crist Increased Funding & Incentives for Teachers & Principals Support Site-Based Management Truth in Spending: 65% in classroom by 2010, 70% by 2015 Turnaround Teams Improve Graduation Rate to 95% by 2015 Promote K-20 Math & Science Excellence Through Civics & Public Service –Character Development Education Support School Choice Increase Dual Enrollment Opportunities Satisfy Mandate to Reduce Class Sizes

18 Idaho Republican Butch Otter Ensure Better Math & Science Programs Meet Mandate to Provide Students With Best Educational Tools Needed for Success in the Global Marketplace Promote Community Colleges Statewide

19 Iowa Democrat Chet Culver Create Accredited Pre-K Programs in Every School District Increase Teacher Salaries to the National Average Increase State Share of School Support by $40 million Implement High Schools That Work Model Senior Year Plus Create All-Iowa Opportunity Scholarship Incentive Funding for Schools To Limit Tuition Increases Expand Use of Technology & Distance Learning Expand Merit Grants Expand Nursing Education Loan Forgiveness Program

20 Maryland Democrat Martin O’Malley Build New Schools & Reduce Class Size Fully Fund the Thornton Education Plan Increase Accountability Make Sure Education Dollars Are Spent in the Classroom Recruit & Retain the Best Teachers Relief from Soaring Tuition Costs Invest in Vocational, Technical & Life-Long Education Promote Community Colleges Expand College Access

21 Massachusetts Democrat Deval Patrick Expand Early Education Opportunities Extend the School Day Reduce Class Size Coordinate After-School Programs Support Charter Schools Support High Quality Teaching Provide Adequate Resources for Schools Improve Assessment Tools Close the Achievement Gap Reinvest in Higher Education

22 Nevada Republican Jim Gibbons Improve NCLB –Highly Qualified Requirements for Rural Teachers Ensure Adequate Funding –Revenue From Federal Land Sales At Least 65% of Each Education Tax Dollar Spent in the Classroom Education First Initiative –Legislature Must Fund Education Budget First

23 New York Democrat Eliot Spitzer Guarantee Access to Pre-K Reduce Class Sizes More Highly Qualified Teachers Through Cooperation with SUNY, CUNY & Private Schools of Education Resolve the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Lawsuit Expand Literacy Programs Improve Vocational Education Make the School Day Longer Produce Strong, Effective School Principals Commit to Lifelong Learning Make Higher Education More Affordable Ensure Higher Education Achieves Academic Excellence

24 Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland High Quality Early Care & Education Encourage Full-Day Kindergarten Technology in Schools Broaden Access to College Increase Availability of Voluntary Screening & Treatment of Physical & Behavioral Health Problems Establish Early Childhood Cabinet

25 2006 Pre-Election State Legislatures Republican (20) Democrat (19) Split (10) Independent (1)

26 2006 Pre-Election State Government Party Control Republican (12) Democrat (8) Split (30)

27 2006 State Legislative Elections Control of Chambers –46 sates elect legislators –80% of state legislative seats New Legislative Boundaries –44 state legislatures have authority to draw Congressional Districts –39 states have more than one Congressional District –2010 redistricting

28 2006 Post-Election State Legislatures Republican (15) Democrat (23) Split (11) Independent (1)

29 2006 Post-Election State Government Party Control Republican (10) Democrat (15) Split (25)

30 2006 Chief State School Officer Races Republican Democrat

31 2006 Chief State School Officer Results Republican Democrat

32 Post-Election State Political Context Governors: Republicans 28 Democrats Legislatures: Republican 23 Democratic 11 Split 1 Nonpartisan Chief State School Officers: Elected 13 Appointed by governors 23 Appointed by boards

33 2006 Education Ballot Initiatives California –Prop. 1D: Public School Facilities (Passed) –Prop. 88: $50 Parcel Tax (Failed) Colorado –Amendment 39: 65% Rule (Failed) Idaho –Prop. 1: 1% Dedicated Sales Tax (Failed) Michigan –Proposal 2: Prohibits Racial Preferences (Passed) –Proposal 5: Minimum Spending Level (Failed) Nebraska –Measure 22: School District Consolidation (Failed) –Amendment 5: $40 million for early childhood (Passed) Nevada –Question 1: Education First (Passed) Ohio –Issue 3: Slot Machines for College Scholarships (Failed) Pennsylvania –Question 4: Bonds for Higher Education Buildings (Passed)

34 If you have any questions or comments, please contact: Charles Merritt Vice President of External Relations 700 Broadway, Suite 1200 Denver, CO (303)


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