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.
States have typically left it to communities to pay for upgraded school facilities, and this year's horrific school shootings have sparked spending measures aimed at "hardening" school buildings.
In Oregon, the release of the state's school report card has turned into a political sore spot for incumbent Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, who is running for re-election.
Some candidates want to arm teachers while others want to tighten gun control laws. Meanwhile, student activists are making their voices heard on school security.
Education Week reporters Daarel Burnette and Kavitha Cardoza walk you through some of the school funding issues and debates dominating key campaigns.