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Governor:Jay Inslee
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Randy Dorn
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,058,936
Number of school districts:305
Number of public schools:2,381
Number of public school teachers:54,867
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,672
Percent minority students:40.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:46.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.5%
Percent of English-language learners:9.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:46.9%
8th grade math:39.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.4%
8th grade reading:37.4%

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Though the main sticking points, wages and work hours, are familiar, policies on teacher evaluation and discipline also remain contested.
September 16, 2015 – Education Week
Charter supporters scramble to find ways of keeping the schools alive after Washington’s charter law is struck down, while charter critics hope to build momentum.
September 16, 2015 – Education Week
Tensions remain among legislators as they seek to hammer out a school funding plan amid $100,000 a day in court-ordered sanctions.
August 26, 2015 – Education Week
The Bethel, Wash., district expects to save between $500,000 to $800,000 over 10 years by switching from commercial to open resources, which teachers are trying to master.
June 11, 2015 – Education Week
The Grandview, Wash., school system has made an unusually ambitious move to replace its entire Pre-K-10 math and English/language arts curricula with open resources.
June 11, 2015 – Education Week
This Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Brief contains state-specific data on high school completion and includes a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
A special session over how to pay for basic education bares partisan divides over tax policy and questions about the fallout for districts and unions.
May 13, 2015 – Education Week
A school district in Vancouver, Wash., has recast the duties of librarians to serve as experts in technology and blended learning strategies, capable of training peers on the use of digital tools.
April 15, 2015 – Education Week
The Kent, Wash., district has set up kiosks with Web connectivity across the community, including public-housing complexes, to help students take part in blended learning away from school.
April 15, 2015 – Education Week
The link between a school system's chief academic officer and school-based leaders must be strong if districts want to turn lofty visions into achievement gains.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week

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