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Now What?

Question marks written on blackboard.Election Day has come and gone, and, although Clinton won Connecticut with 54 percent of the vote, we’ll be inaugurating President Trump on January 20. What will a Trump presidency mean for public education?

That largely remains to be seen. Trump has spoken out in favor of vouchers, school choice, and cuts to education funding.

According to Education Week,

Longtime observers and analysts said in the run-up to Election Day that because Trump’s views on education are largely a black box, the role of Republicans in Congress as well as of the U.S. Secretary of Education and senior staff at the Education Department could grow under his administration.

Read more from Education Week here.

Trump’s presidency will certainly have ramifications for the make up of the U.S. Supreme Court, with one vacancy currently waiting to be filled and the possibility of more during the next four years. A judge nominated by Trump will most likely align with the more extreme views of the party and could change the sociopolitical path of the Court, impacting the lives of Americans for generations to come.

A case concerning workers’ rights is likely to come before the Supreme Court during the next four years and the decision in such a case could have significant implications for labor unions.

The Election in Connecticut

Here in Connecticut, Senator Blumenthal will be returning to Washington, D.C. along with all five members of Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation.

The make up of the state General Assembly is changing, however, with Republicans gaining seats in both the House and Senate.

The State House of Representatives will have 79 Democrats and 72 Republicans come January, while the Senate will be evenly split with 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans—leaving Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, who serves as Senate President, as the tie-breaking vote.

CEA endorsed 101 General Assembly candidates, both Republicans and Democrats, in this election. Seventeen out of 24 endorsed Senate candidates won while 57 of 77 endorsed House candidates won their races.

Click here to see election outcomes for each CEA-endorsed candidate.

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