Democrats look to teachers for mid-terms
As teachers take a stand for better pay and funding for public schools in states as varied as West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky, some are predicting their issues could be a factor in the upcoming mid-term elections.
Education Weekly reported Friday that Democrats in state legislatures across the county hope to turn public sentiment for striking teachers into wins at the polls this fall.
“In states such as North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin, Democrats have framed themselves in political ads and candidate talking points as the party that will rescue financially struggling public schools from the grip of fiscally conservative Republicans, who fully control more than half the nation’s statehouses,” Daarel Burnette II wrote.
But those counting on flipping state houses based on education might want to take a look at Pennsylvania as they plot strategy.
Seems like we’ve heard this story before in Pennsylvania, where public education funding played a role in the 2014 gubernatorial race .
Gov. Tom Wolf managed to parlay strong support for public education, which had taken funding hits during the recession, and several other issues into a 2014 victory over incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Republicans, nonetheless, maintained and continue to hold strong majorities in the Legislature.
Wolf, who continues to push for improved funding for K-12 schools, is seeking re-election this fall in a mid-term election featuring all members of the state House and half of the Senate.
Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996 or firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @deberdley_trib.