OK, how'd the Democrats for Education Reform "Hot List" candidates do in Rhode Island?
Taveras registered a strong win citywide with around half the vote, with the "old guard" candidates splitting the rest. This probably means more charters, but it is rather unclear what it might mean for the PPSD (other than closing schools due to losing students to charters...). I'm not sure in what sense we're less a "hotbed for education reform" than the rest of the state. What'll probably really happen is a maintenance of the reformy status quo.
To be honest, I know nothing about either of these guys except that they lost.
In a somewhat related note, I wouldn't bet on Deborah Gist replacing Michelle Rhee, but it is worth noting that RI's next governor will either be independent Linc Chafee, who immediately spoke out against the Central Falls firings and is generally sane, or Democrat Frank Caprio, who is generally not my kind of Democrat, but his wife is a Providence teacher. So the worm will slowly turn on the makeup of the RI Board of Regents, among other things, moderating RI's reformy direction and giving Gist an excuse to leave if she wanted to.
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