Election Day Roundup: Education Issues at Stake in '08
November 4, 2008
It's November 4th, and that means election day for everyone in the U.S. If you haven't already cast an early or an absentee ballot, here's yet another reminder to show up at the polls today. Education has become a major concern due to economic instability, decreasing availability of student loans, and the rising costs of attending college. Today you can make your opinion on education known, and not only in the Presidential and Congressional races.
Voters in eleven states will pick a new governor, and according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, new governors in five states will play an important role in setting educational policies in coming years. Voters in Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, and Washington can check out coverage of what's at stake in terms of education here.
State referenda in thirteen states also have the potential to affect educational policy on issues ranging from school funding to affirmative action. The Chronicle of Higher Education provides info on these referenda here, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education also addresses them here.
If you're just starting down the road to a college education, the people elected today and the measures passed today will have a direct influence on the shape of your academic journey. Your ability to fund your education, your experience at college, your ability to meet your college goals, and even your chances of getting into the college of your choice could change based on what happens today. So if you can, read up on the issues and get out there and vote.