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Afternoon announcements: November 6, 2012

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November 06, 2012 07:12 pm

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Today’s #ednews focuses on Election Day, what else?

Of course everyone will pay attention to the presidential race tonight, but for what should education enthusiasts be watching? Tonight’s election could have a large impact on education – federally and in individual states. This is a nice resource for education issues to keep an eye on tonight. Huffington Post

So there’s a lot at stake for education in tonight’s election. What’s most important? There are two ballot measures, in particular, of note: one in Washington State on the future of charter schools, and one in Missouri, where hiking the tax on tobacco could raise revenue for K-12 and higher education. The Atlantic

In Georgia, voters today will be deciding on the fate of not only the next four years but of the state’s charter schools. Residents will vote on a ballot measure that would allow an amendment to the State Constitution to appoint statewide commissioners who would gain the authority to authorize new schools. New York Times

The candidates are finally done with their sweeping tours and long campaign season. But what happens to the myriad supplies leftover from their campaigns? A New Jersey teacher has launched a change.org petition calling on the candidates to donate the supplies… to public schools! Huffington Post

Who would be president if high schoolers could vote? According to a nationwide ‘mock election’ of 54,000 students across 130 high schools, Obama would win with 52.2 percent. Romney received 41.2 percent of the vote. Huffington Post

We know what would happen if high schoolers could vote for president, but what would happen if first-graders were the president? There are five finalists in the national “If we were president” contest – in which first graders created a video answering what they would do if they were president. “I would make sure kids get a good education,” one student said. Miami Herald

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