Brewer quoted in Governing article on education in elections

Mark Brewer, a professor of political science at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Governing article, “In Year of Strikes, Education Plays a Big Role in Elections.” Education-related issues are prominent in this year’s election cycle, including debating increasing teacher salaries and school funding, and school choice and charter schools. Teacher strikes are contributing to awareness of these issues, and in some states the role of education in the elections is expanded. In the Maine governor’s race, “a partisan switch would likely result in big changes in education priorities, if not policies,” said Brewer. One such change could be the full implementation of a 2004 law requiring Maine to cover 55 percent of costs for primary and secondary public education, the article states.