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This article originally appeared as Ena Shelley’s monthly “Transforming Education” column; it is reposted with permission. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of AACTE.
“While we try to teach our children all about life, they teach us what life is all about.” – Anonymous
You are likely reading this on the brink of our national election. There have been months of bickering, insult slinging, and behavior that would not be tolerated in most of our classrooms. Certainly there are adult issues that must be addressed, yet I sometimes wonder that if we remembered more often the voices and ears of children, we might find the margins of compromise that allow debates to become more about the “us” and less about the “them.” Children truly have wisdom and perspective that adults sometimes forget or lose in the busyness of life. I am sharing three links in this column that are the voices of younger children and adolescents. What if those running for political office, as well as those who already hold a policy-making position, and the media gave more time and attention to the wisdom they have to offer?
The AACTE Advisory Council of State Representatives (ACSR) seeks nominations by October 24 of state chapter leaders to run in an election for the ACSR Executive Committee. The positions open for election are the Northeast Region representative, Western Region representative, and ACSR chair-elect, all to take office in March 2017.
As Americans, one of our most important duties is to participate in our democracy. Although it can be challenging to get out the vote on college campuses, engaged citizenship is one of the desired outcomes of postsecondary education, and we certainly want to nurture in our students a sense of responsibility to participate.
To help students navigate residency requirements, absentee ballots and their filing deadlines, and other voting rules and options, I encourage you to consult the resources compiled by the “Your Vote, Your Voice” campaign. This effort is spearheaded by the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, which includes AACTE and nearly 50 other national higher education organizations.
Congratulations to the newest members of AACTE’s Board of Directors! In a recent online special election, AACTE members chose colleagues to fill seats representing the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU):
The new directors will join the Board at its fall meeting in Tampa, Florida.
Congratulations to the future members of AACTE’s Board of Directors! In a recent online election, AACTE members chose several of their colleagues to serve a 3-year term beginning March 1:
Congratulations to the future members of AACTE’s Board of Directors! In an online election that ended November 28, AACTE members chose several of their colleagues to serve a 3-year term beginning March 1, 2015:
The annual election for the AACTE Board of Directors opens today and runs through November 28. Four seats will be decided via online voting: one representing the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU) and three at-large seats.
All AACTE Institutional and Chief Representatives are eligible to vote for all four open seats. The slate of candidates is as follows:
With Election Day just around the corner, below are some gubernatorial races, state education chief contests, and education ballot initiatives to watch. Remember, like politics, education is local. Check out the tables below to see what’s at play in your state.
Be sure to vote November 4!
Gubernatorial Races to Watch
|State||Incumbent||Challenger||Rating *||Major education issues|
|Colorado||John Hickenlooper (D)||Bob Beauprez (R)||Toss-up||Higher education funding, college affordability, school choice, Common Core|
|Connecticut||Dan Malloy (D)||Tom Foley (R)||Toss-up||Education funding, school accountability, charter schools, Common Core|
|Florida||Rick Scott (R)||Charlie Crist (D)||Toss-up||College affordability, higher education funding|
|Georgia||Nathan Deal (R)||Jason Carter (D)||Leans Republican||Common Core, school vouchers, higher education funding|
|Illinois||Pat Quinn (D)||Bruce Rauner (R)||Toss-up||Teacher retirement benefits, school vouchers, merit pay, charter schools, college affordability|
|Kansas||Sam Brownback (R)||Paul Davis (D)||Toss-up||School funding, Common Core|
|Maine||Paul LePage (R)||Mike Michaud (D)||Leans Democratic||Early childhood education funding, school vouchers, college affordability|
|Wisconsin||Scott Walker (R)||Mary Burke (D)||Leans Republican||School vouchers, Common Core, higher education funding|
* Rating according to Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball.