Today’s surprising lengthy read is from Alia Wong, an enterprise reporter at USA TODAY. Here’s an excerpt:
Democrats have long been seen as the country’s “education party,” enjoying most voters’ trust on such issues. But public perceptions have shifted since the onset of the pandemic.
Last year, conservatives secured seats on dozens of school boards across the country on campaigns targeting critical race theory. More could soon join them, with their campaigns now targeting LGBTQ+ lessons, too. One poll this summer of likely voters in 62 congressional battleground districts suggests Republicans now have an advantage over Democrats on education.
Amid Democrats’ wavering on such policies, the GOP may have found its sweet spot in the many parents unconcerned with the culture war stuff but intent on securing more educational options. And that includes parents of color, who consistently tend to rank education as higher priority than white parents and generally favor school choice.