First bell: 11-7-12

A first look at today's most important education news (and an election round up):

Fordham's latest

"Hoosier State loss," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

Californians approved Proposition 30, a bill that will raise about $6 billion annually in new tax revenues and prevent almost $6 billion in cuts, mainly to education spending. (Long Beach Press-Telegram)

Georgia voters approved an amendment to the state constitution allowing the state to approve charter schools and establishing a state-level commission to do so. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Michigan voters rejected Proposal 2, which would have enshrined the right to collectively bargain in the state constitution. (MLive.com)

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett lost his re-election bid last night. (Indianapolis Star)

South Dakotans rejected a plan to give teachers merit-pay bonuses and phase out tenure. (Rapid City Journal)

Education-reform initiatives in Idaho appear headed for repeal based on initial returns for ballot initiatives challenging changes to school funding and teacher policy. (Spokesman Review)

An initiative to allow charter schools in Washington State has a small lead, with ballots still being counted. (Seattle Times)

California Proposition 32, which would have prohibited unions from collecting dues for political purposes from members and non-members without their explicit approval, failed. (San Jose Mercury)

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