Education was one of the most polarizing issues in the most recent election cycle. In spite of this fact no elected state boards were flipped in the 2022 elections.
According to an analysis from the National Association of State Boards of Education, state boards largely retained whatever political leanings they had before. In fact, in over half of the contests the incumbent candidates were reelected. In some states, the dominant party’s majority was actually expanded.
Not all states have elected school boards. In many states, governors appoint the school board. Most gubernatorial elections went to the incumbents as well. In places were parties flipped the governor will likely appoint members of their own party.
Going into the 2022 midterms, many experts predicted education to be a wedge issue that could potentially oust vulnerable progressive candidates.
Read the full analysis here.