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Description: 115th Congress: Senate Leadership | The South was Red | New SECA Governors | Conservative Leaders for Education | News from the States

Public Policy Notes S outhe r n E a r ly C hild hood As s o ci a tio n It s Finally Over...What a Surprise Karen Pence the wife During the last of Mike few weeks of the Pence campaign Mr. has The election process has Trump issued a focused concluded and we have dependent care her time as First Lady of a new President-Elect of plan that carried Indiana on Art Therapy the United States Donthe hallmarks of a Initiatives at several chilald J. Trump. His runtraditional Republi- dren s hospitals. She ning mate Governor Mike can approach to this was a school teacher for Pence is now Vice-Presidentissue income tax de25 years. Elect. Both men will assume ductions dependent office in January 2017 and care savings accounts As with any change begin a four year term in the and incentives for em- there s always speculanation s highest office. ployers to create tion and trepidation worksite child care cen- about what s coming and To say the least the polls and ters. The plan was fo- the people involved in pundits missed this outcome cused on dependent those changes. We d and the election has caused care both child and encourage you to take much discussion about the philelderly. another look at the perosophical transition that will sonalities involved they occur as President Obama de Mike Pence as Gover- will tend to dictate parts and President Trump asnor of Indiana imple- where priorities are set. sumes office. mented the largest tax Some resources cut in Indiana s history It s important at this point to The Vice-Presidential and pushed for more focus on what we know. funding for education Candidates and Their initiatives. Wives Public Policy The Trump campaign Notes July 2016 agenda was silent to a Melania great degree on children s Trump Launches Child Trump issues. The focus during has stated Care Plan Public Policy the campaign was more on her desire Notes September 2016 economics and the role of to focus America in the world than on the We ll keep you posted as on any specific initiatives issue of the presidential appointthat were planned. It re bullying during her time ments roll out. mains to be seen what his in the White House. domestic policy agenda will look like. November 2016 Public Policy Notes Inside this Issue 115th Congress Senate Leadership The South was Red New SECA Governors Conservative Leaders for Education News from the States 4 2 2 3 A Better Way In our June 2016 issue of Public Policy Notes we shared the specifics of a plan put forth by House Speaker Paul Ryan. A Better Way outlined many specific initiatives that may play a part in the final domestic agenda for President Trump. Take some time to review the specifics. You ll get a better idea of where policy may lead during the presidential transition and what we might expect. Click here to access a copy. U.S. Senate Elects Leadership for the 115th Congress In the aftermath of the 2016 election the U.S. Senate has moved forward in selecting leadership for the 115th Congress. On the Republican side the leadership has stayed basically intact from the 114th Congress and representation by Senators from the SECA states is strong in this leadership structure. Senator Mitch Other SECA state Senators include Senator John Cornyn of Texas and Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi. member on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia will serve as Vice-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. McConnell of Kentucky has retained his position with the Republican Caucus and is now Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate. On the Democratic side leadership includes Senator Mark Warner of Virginia who will serve as a Vice-Chair of the Conference and as a ranking Senator Bill Nelson of Florida will serve as a ranking committee member on the Commerce Committee. The South Was Solidly Red in 2016 In the 2016 election the trend that began several years ago manifested itself again. The South voted overwhelmingly for the Republican presidential candidate and helped to propel Donald Trump into the presidency. Only one SECA state Virginia produced a majority vote for the Democratic candidate. A couple of states had razor thin margins others were lopsided in support for the Republican candidate. Following are the vote totals as reported by the Associated Press. Alabama Trump (62.9%) Clinton (34.6%) Arkansas Trump (60.4%) Clinton (33.8%) Florida Trump (49.1%) Clinton (47.8%) Georgia Trump (51.3%) Clinton (45.6%) Kentucky Trump (62.5%) Clinton (32.7%) Louisiana Trump (58.1%) Clinton (38.4%) Mississippi Trump (58.3%) Clinton (39.7%) North Carolina Trump (50.5%) Clinton (46.7%) Oklahoma Trump (65.3%) Clinton (28.9%) South Carolina Trump (54.9%) Clinton (40.8%) Tennessee Trump (61.1%) Clinton (34.9%) Texas Trump (52.6%) Clinton (43.4%) Virginia Trump (45.0%) Clinton (49.9%) West Virginia Trump (68.7%) Clinton (26.5%) Source NY Times Presidential Election Results Donald J. Trump Wins 11 17 2016 The soul searching among the political pundits is just beginning and you ll see a variety of perspectives and ideas about why the election took the direction that it did in the end. One of the most balanced reviews of the political process can be found at Sabato s Crystal Ball produced by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Public Policy Notes New Governors in Two SECA States West Virginia will welcome a new governor on January 16 2017. has seen significant downward trends due to the decline of the coal industry. From his campaign website Jim s foundation is simple. He first has a sincere commitment to the good Lord second his family next are his employees and then his strong involvement with young people. He believes that we as people know the difference between right and wrong and we have gotten too far away from those simple principles. Source www.justiceforwv.com North Carolina appears on its way to switching parties in the Governor s office. Democrat Roy Cooper is leading incumbent Republican Pat McCrory with a vote of 49% to 48.9% as reported by the New York Times on November 17th. (At the time of writing of this newsletter the final results had not been certified.) Source New York Times North Carolina Governor Results Roy Cooper Leads 11 17 2016 Cooper formerly served in the North Carolina House and Senate and in 2000 was elected Attorney General for North Carolina. McCrory is a former mayor of Charlotte North Carolina who became embroiled in controversial legislation this year. If Cooper prevails Jim Justice a billionaire businessman and Democrat was elected to the office this month. Defeating his Republican opponent by a percentage of 49.1 to 42.3 Mr. Justice becomes one of two Democratic governors in the SECA region. (Current Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was termlimited.) Mr. Justice ran on a platform of bringing jobs back to West Virginia and reviving an economy that the SECA region will welcome a second Democrat to the capitol of one of our states. Conservative Leaders for Education A new group Conservative Leaders for Education has been formed by former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett. Conservative Leaders for Education is a new campaign comprised of leading Republican state lawmakers and education chairs focused on ensuring conservative principles gain traction in state policy decisions as states begin to develop accountability plans under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The members of the new group are Senator Scott Hill of Colorado Assemblywoman Melissa Woodbury of Nevada. According to the campaign s website implementation of conservative education means from providing oversight. Accountability Demand that states local districts and individual schools be transparent through the provision of information to parents that is accessible timely comparable and easy-tounderstand. Quality Content Assert that high academic standards and aligned tests both chosen by the state are crucial because they evaluate what a student is learning. Local Control Reaffirm that educating students is predominately the responsibility of states and localities especially in the areas of funding personnel and reviving poorly performing schools. Parent Choice Advance educational choice and innovation for parents and students by trusting that parents will do what is best for their children while not absolving lawmakers Mary Scott Hunter a school board member from Alabama Senator Peggy Lehner of Ohio Senator Luther Olsen of Wisconsin Volume 9 Issue 11 Page 3 Southern Early Childhood Association 1123 S. University Ste 255 Little Rock AR 72204 Phone 800-305-SECA Fax 501-227-5297 E-mail info southernearlychildhood.org www.southernearlychildhood.org How to Use Public Policy Notes If you re interested in advocacy one of the most effective tools that you can have is access to information. This newsletter is provided as a service to locate and share information that we think will be helpful to you in your work at the state level and to keep you updated on what s happening in public policy. You ll find information that Compares your state to other SECA states--how you re doing what issues you have in common what the hot topics are in your states. Brings the national scene to your fingertips and gives you a perspective on how national events might impact you...You ll also receive information about where to find additional information. We hope you ll find it helpful. Children need you to be their voice in your community and state. This monthly newsletter is produced by Glenda Bean SECA Executive Director. SECA strives to provide non-partisan and non-biased information A Voice for Southern Children that is of interest to early childhood educators. Sign up at http www.southernearlychildhood.org public-policy public-policy-notes to receive notice of its availability each month. News from the States North Carolina Superintendent of Education in North Carolina June Atkinson lost her re-election bid this month. Ms. Atkinson was first elected in 2005 and had overseen the Department of Public Instruction since that time. Her Republican challenger Mark Johnson ran on a platform of returning control to local districts and minimizing the reach of the state into local school affairs. An attorney he currently serves as a member of the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Board of Education in 2014. He is corporate counsel in a technology firm and taught two years in North Carolina as a participant in the Teach for America program. Texas Two school districts in Texas the Austin Independent School District and the Dallas Independent School District are experimenting with single gender schools. Dallas opened three single gender schools this fall. Austin established the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders a few years ago. For more information about the Austin school click here. You ll find a serious discussion about the value of and justification for these schools. West Virginia Michael Martirano West Virginia s 30th State School Superintendent has announced his resignation effective June 30 2017. He began his tenure in West Virginia in 2014 and was a former science teacher in a number of districts in Maryland.