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Class size initiative makes Washington ballot

Class size initiative makes Washington ballot

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SEATTLE, Wash. – The Secretary of State’s office has certified that a ballot initiative to decrease public school class sizes has enough qualified signatures to make the November ballot.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman says a team of ten signature checkers finished checking signatures for Initiative 1351 late Thursday afternoon.

Washington voters considered a similar measure in 2000 and approved Initiative 728 with 71 percent of the vote.

The Legislature has suspended that law several times because of the budget.

The class size initiative will be the only “initiative to the people” on the ballot this fall.

Two initiatives to the Legislature on background checks for gun purchases also will appear.

The class size proposal would require smaller classes at every grade level.

Lower goals would be set for high poverty schools and in early grades.

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