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2021 Elections and Changes to State Education Leadership

Elections are pivotal not only for the new leaders they bring in, but also for the eventual appointments those leaders make. These changes have cascading effects on policymaking at the state level, which is why we track state-level elections every year. This one-pager, updated for 2021, captures the results of this fall’s elections, while forecasting what is expected in 2022.For more detail on this year’s races and the resulting impact, see this Ed Note post. It also shares the results of major, education-related ballot initiatives.

If you are looking for more general information about state governance structures, as it relates to education policy, view our 50-State Comparisons:

Each 50-State Comparison includes individual state profiles, so you can see how each state approaches the governance and oversight of education, from early learning through postsecondary.

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