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|Superintendent of Public Instruction:||Chris Reykdal|
|Quality Counts state grade:||C|
|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%|
The U.S. Supreme Court is contemplating a case that tests the constitutionality of a Washington state law that requires nonunion teachers to “affirmatively consent,” or opt in, before a teachers’ union may spend money from “agency fees” on political campaigns and similar activism.
January 17, 2007 – Education Week
Thirteen Western states that are home to more than 93 percent of the nation’s federally owned land have formed a coalition to lobby Washington for an annual $4 billion in lost local and state property-tax revenues on the federal land, nearly $1.9 billion of which would have gone to pay for public education.
December 13, 2006 – Education Week
Education organizations, civil rights groups, and scholars were among those filing a total of 57 friend-of-the-court briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court by the Oct. 10 deadline in support of race-conscious policies of the Seattle and Jefferson County, Ky., school districts.
October 25, 2006 – Education Week
By accepting two appeals on the voluntary use of race in assigning students to public schools, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide the constitutionality of widespread practices that school districts use to promote diversity. And the decision could affect schools in unforeseen ways.
June 14, 2006 – Education Week
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