For the first time since I've moved to Rhode Island, we don't have a dumbass Republican governor. Chafee won a narrow victory in the three way race with a coalition of urban voters. It was quite a pleasant experience voting for an independent to the left of the Democrat and seeing him actually win.
Exactly what this means for RI education depends a bit on how aggressively Chafee handles his Board of Regents appointments, but what we do know now is that Commissioner Gist can't just bring the crazy, secure in the knowledge that the Governor will back her up.
Nationally, it looks like we'll be returning to Republican education policies without the technocratic Democratic mania, which is a significant improvement.