News

Class size initiative makes Washington ballot

Class size initiative makes Washington ballot

Photo: clipart.com

AP News

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.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: May 22

Fresh
rogers

A look at the news that made Hollywood history in years past.

in Local

Fire in Mount Vernon, Wash., building damages 3 businesses

fire truck back

Authorities say a stubborn fire has caused significant damage to three businesses that share a downtown Mount Vernon, Washington, building.

in Local

Oso store near mud slide in danger of closing

Tayler Drayton, 16, finishes painting words of support on a bus stop for those affected by a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash. More than a dozen people are listed as missing and 30 bodies have been found in debris from the March 22 landslide that broke off a steep hill, roared across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and buried a community at Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle.

The owner of the Oso General Store is struggling to keep her business afloat just three months after opening.

in Local

Senate policy may reduce partisan squabbling on social media

A sidewalk outside the Legislative building is bustling with people on the first day of the 2014 session of the Washington state Legislature, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.

A new Senate policy is attempting to reduce lawmakers' partisan squabbling on social media sites such as Twitter.

in Local

WSU researcher says drought could get worse

generic water sunset

Drought conditions in Washington that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee last week to declare an emergency are likely to grow worse.