With Election Day now upon us, today’s voting results will have a major impact on public education at both the federal and state level. Control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate will influence federal education policy, especially with the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act expected to take place in 2011. In addition, over the last several months we have seen passionate philosophical debates taking place across the country, with a few candidates calling for an end to the Department of Education, while others were advocating for a greater federal role in education. Races at the state level will also impact education given the number of gubernatorial and state legislator races, positions on boards of education, and state measures that are on the ballot.

This link contains a podcast in which Education Week reporters Alyson Klein and Sean Cavanagh discuss the top races to follow and the implications the results could have for public education in America.