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Donald Trump’s announcement that he will seek the White House in 2024 serves as a timely reminder that while many of the high-profile candidates he endorsed in the 2022 midterms performed below expectations, one Specifically those related to the policies he pursued as a candidate and as president. Education freedom and parental rights have proven highly popular among millions of Americans who disagree with the direction the country is headed but previously felt no connection to the Republican Party. candidates in the midterm elections who recognized the turning of the tide in voter sentiment toward putting parents in control of their children’s education and future, thus leading to what one might call a red wave of parent-centered policy that is sweeping under Trump may gain momentum and it will continue to break in favor of conservatives.

In July, Randy Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers published the results of a poll conducted by the union, showing that a sample of voters in key swing states trust Republicans more than Democrats on education issues. These poll results represent a major change from Republican performance in such polls in the past, with Democrats breaking double-digit leads on education issues over the past few decades.

Conservative gubernatorial candidates with a track record of promoting policies that put parents at the center of decisions about their children’s education have capitalized on this momentum in the 2022 midterm elections. He successfully pitched his victory over the woke education agenda of Weingarten and other public school union bosses and sold his agenda for reform to promote parental rights and education freedom to voters tired of the status quo.

In August, 15 Republican governors issued a statement “re-affirming” their “commitment to parents and students”.[e] Our students do not face any interruption in their education and parents have the option for any option they feel is best for their child,” and stressed that the funding of education should be “student- 2022 won their races. Seven of those ten candidates received more votes in 2022 than they did in the previous election. (An additional signatory, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, increased his winning margin from his performance in 2018.) extended—the latest midterm elections in which he competed before 2022.)

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took on unions, the education establishment, and later the Biden administration, by keeping schools open during the pandemic and signing laws banning instruction of young children in gender identity and sexual concepts. He saw the margin of victory in Florida go from an unconvincing 0.3 percent in the 2018 election to an astonishing 19.4 percent in 2022.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has prioritized education freedom in Iowa by creating a bill that would create 10,000 scholarships for school choice and, failing that, provide Republican primary candidates to help challenge the hegemony of school unions. supported. Voters rewarded him with an astonishing 18.6-percent margin of victory over his 2022 opponent, compared with a 2.8-percent margin in 2018.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed legislation earlier this year doubling donation limits for the state’s scholarship program for school choice and establishing a parents’ bill of rights that requires schools to Need to share the instructional materials you use to teach your children. Her margin of victory over union-backed challenger Stacey Abrams has grown from an anemic 1.4 percent in 2018 to a decisive 8.5 percent in 2022.

Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidates faced the insurmountable choice of deciding whether to revert to the unpopular status quo or risk the wrath of union bosses by supporting education freedom initiatives. Some chose the latter. For example, in Pennsylvania, the campaign for governor-elect Josh Shapiro added language to its website supporting education savings accounts. In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis criticized a proposed rule change from the US Department of Education earlier this year that would make it much more difficult for charter schools to operate across the country. In Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker had to reverse course in October and back the state tax credit scholarship program, which he attacked as recently as 2018.

In fact, the data show that the victorious Republican candidates were fueled by parental frustration over prolonged school closures in their districts. In Georgia’s Fulton County, where Atlanta schools remain closed until May 2021, and Chatham County, where Savannah schools remain closed during the same time period, Governor Kemp attracted an additional four to five percent of voters compared to Donald Trump’s performance in 2022. removed. 2020. Nevada’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak, who is competing with now-elect Governor Joe Lombardo, fared worse than President Biden in both Clark and Elko counties in 2020 by three percentage points—both 2020 Parts of the school remained closed for 21 years.

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Beyond these gubernatorial races, candidates for statewide education offices won their races on platforms of liberty and parental rights. In South Carolina, Ellen Weaver won the race for superintendent of education with a pledge to expand school choice and promote “total transparency” for parents about what their children are taught. In his winning bid to become Oklahoma’s next superintendent of public instruction, state Secretary of Education Ryan Walters won more votes than incumbent governor-elect Kevin Stitt (who also won his race and increased his margin of victory). Promoting parenting and school choice in the classroom. Conservatives won decisively in races for state boards of education in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas and pledged to stop CRTs and gender identity in the states’ schools.

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The clear lesson is that conservatives running for election at the state level can win with a solid policy agenda to advance parental rights and education freedom, and to project that agenda onto unions and their progressive allies in office. While can support with solid wins. Conservative candidates who heed this lesson and pledge to counter the command-and-control agenda of the union are poised to improve their performance in future elections. Progressives who cater to union bosses — and political opportunists who fail to make good on their campaign promises to expand education freedom — have a long road ahead in a world that will see them and their tired policies leaving behind

To borrow a phrase, the political battlefield over education in America may be exactly where the woke go to die.

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