Teachers and public school advocates have complained about dramatic budget cuts in recent years, but a recent report says spending is trending upward.

The state's board of education had renewed Commissioner Pam Stewart's contract for a year before the midterm election but after the election of a new Republican governor, she said she'd leave in January instead.

Former Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appointed enough board members to have Commissioner Margie Vandeven fired last year, but now that he's gone, the state board decided to hire her back.

The midterm election contest between state Assembly member Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck to run the state's department of education became the most expensive in state history with candidates spending a combined $53 million.

Thanks in part to ESSA and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' efforts to shrink the Education Department, governors will have even more say in K-12 education.

The contest had been close from the start, with Evers campaigning on a promise to restore respect for the state's teachers and financially bail out its school system.

Education spending. Teacher pay. School choice. School safety. K-12 education played a huge part in the 2018 midterm elections, especially at the state level.

High school teacher Jenefer Pasqua is running for Wyoming's state legislature to fight against education funding cuts.

A 32-year-old U.S. government teacher in Montana wants the state, which lets local boards decide if teachers can be armed, to explicitly ban weapons on campus.

"I'm running because I'm not happy with the state of education," said veteran educator Kevin Leineweber, who is one of several teachers running for the state's legislature this year.

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