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As Americans go to the polls for the 2022 Midterm Elections on Tuesday, November 8 (and earlier through mail-in ballots), an important issue on the minds of voters, after the economy, of course, is education. There has been controversy recently regarding race, gender, and pedagogy.
Most education policy is set in the over 13,000 school districts across the country. School boards and state-run education policy makers are divided between the Democrat and Republican philosophy.
Simplifying it, Democrats believe in giving all students the same access to a standardized, but equitable, education model while Republicans believe in localized, or individualized, models.
Key Laws That Affect Education
The 14th Amendment guarantees the right of Equal Protection in public education (and across society).
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) requires public schools to provide appropriate education to all students with disabilities.
FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) protects the privacy of student education records.
Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972) prohibits sex discrimination in any education program receiving federal financial assistance.
In this year’s midterm elections, there are several critical issues on the ballot in various states that will influence how we move forward with education for all school-age children, including twice exceptional students.
In a poll conducted this year by the National Parents Union, a coalition of K-12 advocates, thirty-eight percent of parents surveyed said they would only vote for a candidate who shared their views on education.
Here is a rough guide of important education issues on the table this year:
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