Much like South Dakota voters, the rest of the country is not too keen on raising taxes for education or adopting reforms. Here are results from some of the day’s more closely watched ballot measures affecting education:
South Dakota’s RL16 went down, roughly 32-68.
- Prop 1: End tenure, tie teacher evaluations to student tests and limit collective bargaining. Failing 44-56.
- Prop 2: Teacher and administrator bonus pay for high test scores. Failing 43-57.
Indiana: Tony Bennett, the reform-minded state school superintendent, lost a re-election bid, 48-52.
USA: President Obama won. Presumably, reform-minded Arne Duncan will return as education secretary.
Washington: Allow charter schools? It apparently passed with 50.8 percent of the vote:
Georgia: Create a state commission to review charter schools? It passed easily.
South Dakota’s sales tax increase, IM 15, failed roughly 43-57.
Arizona’s sales tax measure lost 2 to 1. Proposition 204 would have made permanent a one cent per dollar sales tax to pay for education, roads and bridges and human services; it also would have barred the legislature from cutting K-12 funding in the future. Would have generated $971 million in its first year.
California’s tax increase was barely winning50.4-49.6 with 36 percent of the precincts counted at 1:10 a.m. Proposition 30 would have temporarily raised sales taxes by ¼ of a penny and increase personal income taxes on people making over $250,000. It would have raised $6 billion in annual revenue for public schools (they’d get 89 percent of that) and community colleges (11 percent) and forestalled state budget cuts.
Michigan’s Proposal 5, which would have made it harder for lawmakers to raise taxes, failed roughly 3 to 1.