Already, some educators and prominent education advocates have entered their names into the running for of the many 2018 state races around the country where education policy is likely to be a hot topic.
A series of staffing cuts have prevented state departments from complying with components of the Every Student Succeeds Act, state chiefs said in a recently released survey.
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has criticized State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven for her stance on school choice and the state's stagnant test scores.
K-12 spending in at least 29 states remains far below what it was before the recession hit in 2007, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says.
Oklahoma's school spending habits have long been the focus of political battles, and the legislature will soon enter a third special session to debate its budget.
Margie Vandeven, the state education chief, is appointed by an appointed board, which is still split on whether to fire Vandeven.
The state's supreme court ruled that it is not its role to tell the legislature how to spend its money, ending a 24-year school-funding battle.
The state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the state needs to boost its K-12 spending but the legislature has dragged its feet, and the court is demanding action.
Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has said he would further restrict that state's charter laws, and New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has promised to pull the state out of the PARCC testing consortium.
Don Kirkegaard, a district superintendent and member of the state board of education, replaces Melody Schopp who retired last month shortly after turning in the state's ESSA plan.