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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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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
A Pierce County Superior Court judge said in court Monday morning he might authorize the Tacoma School District to hire replacement workers if striking teachers do not return to work as he ordered Wednesday.
September 19, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
More than 1,600 of Tacoma's union teachers and other certificated employees—87 percent of those eligible to vote—decided to strike following months of unproductive contract negotiations between the district and the Tacoma Education Association.
September 13, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
The board also appointed Susan Enfield, the district's chief academic officer, as interim superintendent.
March 3, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
A middle school in Washington state uses Positive Behavior Supports, or PBIS, to curb behavior problems.
February 28, 2011 - Education Week
A Washington state proposal is the latest twist in a perennial national debate: Who in state government should control the education policy levers?
January 21, 2011 | Updated: June 26, 2015 - Education Week
In their defense, educators say more federal guidance is needed on how to apply civil rights laws to programs for English-language learners.
August 10, 2010 - Education Week

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