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Governor:Chris Gregoire
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Randy Dorn
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,043,640
Number of school districts:294
Number of public schools:2,338
Number of public school teachers:53,934
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,497
Percent minority students:37.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:40.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.3%
Percent of English-language learners:8.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:48.4%
8th grade math:41.9%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:39.7%
8th grade reading:41.7%

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From ballot measures with funding implications to high-profile mayoral races, school issues factored into a number of state and local races.
November 4, 2009 - Education Week
Lawmakers recently passed a bill designed to redefine ‘basic education’ for the first time since 1979.
May 15, 2009 - Education Week
At the cutting edge of the 1990s’ push for test-based accountability, Kentucky is revamping its standards and assessments.
March 23, 2009 | Updated: April 4, 2012 - Education Week
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is retooling its precollegiate approach and launching a push to double college-completion rates.
November 18, 2008 - Education Week
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to more than double the proportion of low-income young adults who earn a college credential or degree by age 26, and to accomplish that by 2025.
November 14, 2008 - Education Week
Randy Dorn, who takes over after beating the incumbent Nov. 4, has called the Washington Assessment of Student learning “deeply flawed.”
November 14, 2008 - Education Week
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is already getting feedback on its newly announced plans to retool its education grantmaking.
November 12, 2008 - Education Week
Despite heightened interest in presidential politics this election year, “down ballot” races such as the state chiefs’ contests in Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Washington still won’t get much attention.
September 23, 2008 - Education Week
Voters will decide some notable education- and child-related questions when they go to the polls next month.
October 30, 2007 - Education Week

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