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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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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


As school choice faces its big day before Washington state voters next week, backers of two closely watched ballot initiatives are making a final push to get people here as fired up about choice as they are.

October 30, 1996 - Education Week

Longtime educator and former teachers union president Terry Bergeson will face millionaire real-estate developer and former college professor Ron Taber in the race for Washington state schools chief.

September 25, 1996 - Education Week

Voters in Washington state are being treated to a free-for-all as they prepare to narrow a crowded field of candidates for state superintendent of public instruction.

September 11, 1996 - Education Week

At first, it's hard to see the connection between the crumbling roof on a 70-year-old high school in Forks, Wash., and the infestation of mountain pine beetles in the Loomis State Forest.

August 7, 1996 - Education Week
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