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Governor:Jay Inslee
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Chris Reykdal
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,073,638
Number of school districts:322
Number of public schools:2,428
Number of public school teachers:59,555
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,202
Percent minority students:42.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:45.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.4%
Percent of English-language learners:10.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:46.9%
8th grade math:39.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.4%
8th grade reading:37.4%

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Lawmakers around the country are wrestling not only with how much money states should be be providing in school aid but how it should be distributed.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world's top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country's growing inequity, and a president they disagree with more than any other.
February 13, 2018 – AP
The revelations about District of Columbia schools have unleashed a wave of questions about the pressures and incentives built into U.S. high schools, and fueled nagging doubts that states’ rising high school graduation rates—and the country’s all-time-high rate of 84 percent—aren’t what they seem.
February 9, 2018 – Education Week
The uncharacteristic silence of education’s accountability hawks on Washington’s fraudulent graduation rate reveals their partisan blinders, writes Erika Sanzi.
February 8, 2018 – Education Week
February 1, 2018 – AP

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