By Lauren Forster, Margo Greenman, Dee Anne Shaw, Deanna Duff and Julie Arnan
The state dropout rate is down. The number of students taking Advanced Placement classes is at an all-time high. Outstanding local private and public schools are pushing students harder than ever. But if the state were to receive a report card, its grade would be far from an A. Education is a complicated subject, and in Washington, the rules and expectations for educators and students are changing. In our special report, we take a look at some of the state’s shortcomings, and the plans being set in motion to improve the education system.