Education and the '18 Election: Statement by CER Founder & CEO Jeanne Allen

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Opportunity & Innovation remain a focus of many winners

Most who embraced a true education opportunity agenda won their races.

In response to tonight’s election returns, Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform issued the following statement:

“With all the returns almost in, Election’18 has generally been a good night for innovation and opportunity in education. CER’s recently released analysis of candidates for Governor and state Education Superintendent on their positions revealed their attitudes toward expanding non-traditional education options and innovative approaches for students of all backgrounds.

"Slogan-laden efforts like 'Red for Ed' fared poorly, while education reform was a winner in many key state races.

“We will issue a full report and rundown Wednesday, but we can already congratulate some early winners who scored well in our ratings. Charlie Baker, a Republican was easily re-elected Governor of Massachusetts and Gina Raimondo, a Democrat was elected Governor of Rhode Island. Candidates who pushed back o the status quo and embraced 21st century education models like Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Mike DeWine (R-OH) pulled out tough races. Colorado Democrat Jared Polis whose dedication to innovation in education and charter schooling is well known handily won his race. The power of a bold idea is hard to beat. Most who embraced a true education opportunity agenda won their races. The question remaIns whether second term winners (like NY Governor Andrew Cuomo) will - now free from political risks - pursue the right approaches to solving educational malaise and failure.

“Ensuring excellence in education for every student is a non-partisan endeavor. The 2018 candidates are on the leading edge of a large contingent of victories tonight for candidates of both parties in the states promoting innovation and opportunity in education and preparing a road to the future for all of America’s students. CER congratulates all the winners and will continue our 25-year tradition of working with all office holders who seek new and better ways to prepare our students for success from their earliest days in school to their careers and higher ed pathways.”

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact CER at 202-750-0016 or message us on Twitter @edreform.

Founded in 1993, CER aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

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