As many advocates know, the role of politics in education policy cannot be understated. While holding a nonpartisan stance that allows for collaboration with either side of the political spectrum remains a common strategy in the education reform community, it is ultimately legislators that cast their votes on what does or doesn’t become law.
Now that the federal government’s role in education policy has been significantly rolled back with the passing and early implementation of ESSA, states have more power and leeway in education than at any point in the last quarter century. States now face an incredibly difficult and complex transition that holds as many opportunities for failure as it does for success, resulting in a level of ambiguity that is difficult to track.
With this shift, the political context of states becomes even more important. The PIE Network Team designed two different political landscape snapshots‚ one showing the current makeup of each state and the other showing shifts since 2007, both designed to provide a quick look at the current political climate in each state and how it has evolved over the last decade.
These can be a reference tool for advocates as they look to formulate their plan for the upcoming year and see what fellow members are doing in similar states, along with providing further context for the PIE Network 2017 Member Priorities Survey.
If you have any updates or feedback on the maps, please let us know!