The victories could signal a seismic shift in local education policy in the United States. Long the province of left-leaning activists and policymakers, local and regional education governance has for years largely been ignored by Republicans and conservatives in favor of higher levels of politics.

Data have demonstrated for years that teaching is overwhelmingly done by Democrats. Analysis several years ago from Verdant Labs showed that based on campaign contributions reported to the FEC, 85% of elementary school teachers were Democrats.