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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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A ballot measure that would legalize charter schools in Washington state appeared to be headed for defeat at press time last week.
November 15, 2000 - Education Week
If Washington state citizens vote on Nov. 7 to approve Initiative 728—as is widely expected—a reasonable symbol for the accomplishment might be the nozzle of a gas pump.
October 4, 2000 - Education Week
Supporters of the effort to bring charter schools to Washington state hit the jackpot late last month when billionaire Paul G. Allen decided to lend his formidable financial clout to their cause.
June 7, 2000 - Education Week
Eight months after fining the state's largest teachers' union for campaign-finance violations, the Washington state attorney general's office has been fined for allegedly dragging its feet in releasing information about the affair.
November 25, 1998 - Education Week
March 11, 1998 - Education Week

A war of words, as well as legal briefs, is escalating between the Washington Education Association and groups mounting challenges against the union's financing of political activities.

October 15, 1997 - Education Week

In the first hours of last Friday--Nepal time--computer teacher Jason Edwards was trudging slowly up a snowy rock face toward the summit of Mount Everest with a teammate.

May 28, 1997 - Education Week
Washington state's campaign-finance watchdog agency has come down hard on the Washington Education Association.
November 27, 1996 - Education Week
Organizers of two school choice initiatives in Washington state say that after last week's defeats, they will focus on getting a charter school law passed in the next legislative session.
November 13, 1996 - Education Week
The highest-profile state superintendent's race in the history of Washington state began with a crowded field of candidates vying for election and ended last week with Terry Bergeson, a longtime educator, still standing.
November 13, 1996 - Education Week

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