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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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By their nature, schools are places of rampant intellectual discourse. But school employees rarely have leeway to refuse direct or implied orders from higher-ups.
July 23, 2013 - Education Week
On Tuesday afternoon, President Barack Obama presented Jeffrey Charbonneau of Zillah, Wash., with the 63rd National Teacher of the Year award in a cozy Rose Garden ceremony at the White House.
April 23, 2013 - AP
March 11, 2013 - Education Week
Teachers at Seattle's Garfield High portray their protest as narrowly focused against one particular test used by their district, not against assessments in general.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week
In Washington state, an array of state agencies and organizations combine efforts to ensure young children overcome difficulties and develop the skills they need for school success.
January 29, 2013 - Education Week
A Seattle program works with parents of young children to strengthen skills they both need to be successful.
January 29, 2013 - Education Week
The Marysville, Wash., school was designed with a number of guiding principles in mind, and principle No. 1 was relationships.
January 4, 2013 - Quality Counts
A tight race for governor, the burden of rebuilding a school funding system, and a ballot measure on charter schools could transform education in Washington state.
October 16, 2012 - Education Week
Federal prosecutors demanded 23 Washington state medical-cannabis dispensaries shut down because they were too closely located to educational facilities.
August 27, 2012 - McClatchy-Tribune
An online learning coalition has filed a lawsuit, claiming that state budget cuts have hit alternative education programs harder than traditional schools.
February 28, 2012 - Education Week

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