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K-12 Education in Washington
State Superintendent: Randy Dorn
Number of students: 1,045,453[1]
Number of teachers: 53,119
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:19.7
Number of school districts: 316
Number of schools: 2,365
Graduation rate: 77%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $9,483[3]
See also
Public education in Washington
Washington Department of Education
Washington school districts
List of school districts in Washington

Washington is home to 316 school districts, 2,365 schools and 1,045,453 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

The current Superintendent of Public Instruction is Randy Dorn. The following lists current members of the Washington State Board of Education with one vacant seat as of August 8, 2013:[5]

  • Isabel Munoz-Colon
  • Randy Dorn
  • Connie Fletcher
  • Phyllis Bunker Frank
  • Bob Hughes
  • Judy Jennings
  • Kevin Laverty
  • Peter Maier, JD
  • Dr. Kristina Mayer
  • Tre' Maxie
  • Cynthia McMullen, JD
  • Mary Jean Ryan
  • Deborah Wilds, Ph.D.

The board includes a non-voting high school student representative from eastern Washington and a non-voting high school student representative from western Washington.


The following list details the racial demographics of Washington schools according to the U.S. Department of Education:[4]

Racial demographics
Race  % of Washington students
American Indian 2
Asian 8
African American 5
Hispanic/Latino 18
White 63
Two or more 5

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Washington school board elections, 2014

No top enrollment districts in Washington are scheduled to hold elections in 2014.


McCleary v. Washington

The case of McCleary v. Washington decided by the Washington State Supreme Court in January 2012 challenged the state's funding to public schools. Matthew and Stephanie McCleary along with the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools challenged the state under Article IX, Section I of the Washington State Constitution, which states, "It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex."[6] A unanimous order by the court determined that the state violated this constitutional provision and that a report would be required in September 2012 to show progress toward adequate funding by 2018.[7] A legislative committee issued a report in September 2012 as required by court order. The report concluded that legislative actions to avoid further cuts and slowly progress toward education budget reforms complied with the court's judgement.[8]

A related case in 2013 involved the constitutionality of Initiative 1185, an initiative passed in 2012 that would require a two-thirds majority vote in the Washington State Legislature to raise taxes. The League of Education Voters pursued a lawsuit against the state to overturn the initiative as unconstitutional and detrimental to the mandate in the McCleary case. The Court struck down Initiative 1185 on February 28, 2013 with a 6-3 vote. The majority opinion concluded that the initiative broke with Article II, Section 22 of the Washington State Constitution, which states that a majority of votes were required for a bill's passage. The three dissenting judges in League of Education of Voters v. Washington argued that the majority was exceeding its authority by wading into political issues.[9]

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