Peters, Blanford lead in Seattle School Board races: One of the most heavily funded Seattle School Board races in recent history remained too close to call Wednesday morning, with parent activist Sue Peters leading consultant Suzanne Dale Estey by just 3 percentage points. Stephan Blanford, meanwhile, holds a strong lead over LaCrese Green in the race for the other vacant seat. Early results for other local school board races are available here.
Colorado tax measure defeated, new mayors in Boston and New York City (Education Week): In other education-related election news, voters in Colorado decidedly struck down a statewide measure that would have put an additional $1 billion in taxpayer money toward K-12 education. On the East Coast, new mayors in New York City and Boston, and a new governor in Virginia, could signal significant changes for public schools there.
$160-million bond heading toward passage in Bellingham School District (The Bellingham Herald): Election-night returns in Bellingham showed 64 percent of voters in favor of a $160-million, 20-year bond that would go toward rebuilding a high school, renovating the district office, and several other school rebuilds and renovations. The measure needs 60-percent approval to pass.
LA schools announce plan to separate ELL students (Education News): The Los Angeles Unified School District is drawing criticism over a new plan to separate elementary school students who are not fluent English speakers in all core subjects. The move comes in response to a federal civil-rights lawsuit related to ELL student performance.
Business leaders urge Congress to fund pre-K (Washington Post): Some 120 business executives from around the country have drafted a letter to Congress, asking budget leaders from both parties to make pre-K funding a priority. Pointing to a “skills deficit” in the U.S. economy, the letter follows a similar message from President Obama earlier this year.