Special Report: Washington State Schools

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Photos by Rachel Coward and Shawn Kinney. Photo: “Where buses go to sleep” ©2008 by Matthew Rutledge, used under a creative commons attribution license

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.

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