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Number of schools: 2,244
Number of school districts: 294
Graduation rate: 77.2%
Per-pupil spending: $9,497
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School board elections
Washington is home to 294 school districts, 2,244 schools and 1,043,788 K-12 students.
- 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:
|Race||% of Washington students|
|Two or more||5|
School board elections
- See also: List of school board elections in 2014
In 2013, 35 of the top enrollment school districts in Washington held elections for a total of 80 school board seats across the state. No top enrollment districts in Washington will hold elections in 2014, so the next upcoming elections will be held in 2015.
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." 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. 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.
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.
- List of school districts in Washington
- Superintendent of Schools
- Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Washington State Board of Education
- Washington State School Directors' Association
- Questions for School Board Candidates
- U.S. Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," Accessed August 8, 2013
- Washington State Board of Education, "Board Members," Accessed August 8, 2013
- Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution," Accessed October 4, 2013
- Washington Courts, "McCleary Order," July 18, 2012
- The News Tribune, "State gets incomplete in first McCleary report," September 20, 2012
- New York Times, "Washington State’s Top Court Strikes Down Law on Taxes," February 28, 2013