Statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on Initiative 1351:
April 9 —
Initiative 1351 would require by 2018 that kindergarten through third grade classes have no more than 17 students. Below is a statement on I-1351 from State Superintendent Randy Dorn.
This past week, the Representative Assembly of the Washington Education Association voted to support Initiative 1351. I’m very pleased with that vote. The initiative in effect implements the class-size reductions recommended by the
Quality Education Council when I was chair of the council. If it passes, I-1351 will place those recommendations into law.
Reducing class sizes is key to improving student learning, particularly with at-risk students. That, in turn, will improve graduation rates.
When I-1351 passes, the next step will be for the Legislature to fund those class-size levels.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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