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What grade did your school receive?

The Washington State Public School Achievement Index rates the quality of more than 2,212 public schools across the state to inform parents. The Index is based on the State Board of Education's Achievement Index for the school year 2012-2013. Following the governor's recommendation for letter grades for public schools, WPC reports the Index rankings with letter grades.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The City of Spokane Valley is the latest local government to consider a supermajority requirement to raise taxes – a WPC recommendation. The two-thirds requirement is not unfamiliar to voters in the area; they have overwhelmingly approved it five times at the state level and watched as neighbors in the City of Spokane adopted the requirement last year.
Friday, August 15, 2014
An informative Spokesman-Review editorial today, citing figures from the state Office of Financial Management, notes that I-1351, the upcoming class-size initiative, would cost $4.7 billion through 2019, plus another $1.9 billion required from local school budgets. I-1351 includes no funding mechanism, so all this money would be taken from existing education programs, at a time when lawmakers are trying to comply with the McCleary decision on funding public education.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
A unanimous Supreme Court today gave budget writers much needed good news when Justices rejected two union initiated pension lawsuits that could have added an additional $1.3 billion in new costs for the 2015-17 budget (state and local). Writing perhaps the sweetest words lawmakers have heard recently from the Court, Justices said: