Teachers have been making their mark in the U.S. midterm elections, running in what may be unprecedented numbers and empowered by the successful #RedForEd protests for higher teacher pay and increased school spending.

After years of dense education debates over teacher evaluations and the Common Core standards, analysts say the teachers’ complaints about outdated textbooks and teacher shortages are resonating.

FILE – In this April 25, 2018 file photo NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia speaks at the #RedForEd Walkout, March and Rally news conference regarding teacher pay and school funding in Phoenix. Teachers have been making their mark in the U.S. midterm elections, running in what may be unprecedented numbers and empowered by the successful #RedForEd protests for higher teacher pay and increased school spending. Teacher candidates from both major parties are on ballots from school board to governor, though most are Democrats. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

Teacher candidates from both major parties are on ballots from school board to governor, though most are Democrats.

FILE – In this April 27, 2018 file photo a sign reads “Because education matters, #redfored” as thousands of teachers and supporters begin their rally from the amphitheater at Civic Center Park in Denver. Teachers have been making their mark in the U.S. midterm elections, running in what may be unprecedented numbers and empowered by the successful #RedForEd protests for higher teacher pay and increased school spending. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP, File)

Their candidacies represent a wild-card outgrowth of the #RedForEd protests in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 photo, Kathy Hoffman, a public school speech therapist, is a Democratic candidate running for superintendent of public education in Phoenix. Hoffman is running against three-term California congressman Frank Riggs, the founding president of an online charter school. In a wild card movement shaking up U.S. midterm election campaigns, hundreds of teacher candidates are running for elected office. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Races to watch include the contest for public education superintendent in Arizona.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 photo, Kathy Hoffman, a public school speech therapist, is a Democratic candidate running for superintendent of public education, in Phoenix. Hoffman is running against three-term California congressman Frank Riggs, the founding president of an online charter school. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

School speech therapist Kathy Hoffman is running against three-term California congressman Frank Riggs, the founding president of an online charter school.

Source: The Associated Press