Ripples from the Blue Wave

No matter what TV tells you, it really was a “blue wave” last week. Betsy DeVos is still in charge and transparently trying to help her friends make money, but the states have decided they want no part of her management, and the power is changing hands.

But what’s actually going to happen?

“A lot of people were saying nice things about public education, but you actually didn’t see much success by people who were putting forth specific agendas,” he said. “The real test is going to be whether all these folks … are going to follow through.”

It seems likely that public education will finally see some political support, after decades as an afterthought. But it’s going to take a while for dollars to end up in the hands of educators, and we should expect to operate under current constraints for longer than we might want.

A small portion of those who placed campaign bids won in the general election, but this year’s wave of activism — which, in turn, led to greater support for public school teachers — led to more candidates, Republicans and Democrats, discussing how to better serve their public schools, García said.

So, regardless of the small number of winners, the NEA president said “educators had a good night on election night.”

“They see this as their moment,” she said. “And I believe it is.”

Nevertheless, it’s been a good week for education, even if the impact will only be clear years down the road.