John Ekblad, a high school teacher in Minnesota, had sued his school district and later claimed that discipline guidance under President Barack Obama left teachers vulnerable to unsafe conditions.

Democrats for Education Reform, which advocates for school choice and stringent school accountability policies, has had a difficult time pushing its agenda with traditional Democratic forces.

The state's 33-year-old funding formula hasn't kept pace with dramatic population shifts, leaving some school districts with money to spare and others falling short.

As wealthy, white communities split their schools off from their poor, black and Latino neighbors, few states have legal recourse to intervene, the advocacy group EdBuild says.

Advocacy groups have gawked as Florida officials have remained mum over a months-long negotiation process that could result in Florida losing funds for failure to comply with key components of ESSA.

New Mexico is one of many states this year where candidates for state office are at odds over how the state should provide schools with more money.

Utah is one of four states where state laws conflict with components of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act meaning districts may have to answer to two separate accountability systems this fall.

In Kansas and in other states, Republicans are increasingly at odds over how to increase school spending without raising taxes.

Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, is part of a growing list of Republican candidates in this fall's midterm election who have described teachers as greedy, insatiable and with ulterior motives.

More than half the state's teachers running for office in order to boost school funding survived Tuesday's primaries but they have several political and financial obstacles ahead of them.


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