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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:42.4%
8th grade math:41.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:38.9%
8th grade reading:41.6%

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“If working parents have to stop at school everyday and that is a major reason they don’t take transit, then why don’t we create mobility hubs around public schools?” said Proshonjit Mitra, a graduate student studying information management at the University of Washington.
October 20, 2018 – AP
The state’s supreme court ended a yearslong fight over K-12 funding earlier this summer, but in districts across the state the battles have continued and tensions remain.
September 19, 2018 – Education Week
The momentum behind the widespread teacher activism last spring has continued into the new school year.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week
A Seattle partnership between researchers and practitioners is using a continuous improvement approach to improve outcomes for students making the rocky transition from 8th to 9th grades.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
Through a communitywide plan, the Tacoma, Wash., district has cleared hurdles that have stymied some other school systems' efforts to implement social-emotional learning.
March 20, 2018 – Education Week
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
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 28, 2018 – Education Week

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