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Gov. Jay Inslee (D)

Superintendent Candidates:

Erin Jones
Chris Reykdal

Gubernatorial Summary

Gov. Inslee remains a staunch proponent of giving existing schools and school district structures more money as the solution to the state’s education ills. Publicly opposed to charter schools, In 2016, however, the governor allowed a charter law to go into place simply by not signing or vetoing it.

Superintendent Summary

Jones has publicly stated multiple times that she does not support the charter school movement. Her campaign website says, “The charter school debate has devolved into an endless political and legal battle that is not contributing to our shared goals and common purpose. There is too much at stake to be entrenched and divisive.”

Reykdal is not a supporter of choice or charters. He said in a questionnaire that, “The answer is NOT to produce education systems that are essentially a call for separate but equal – privately run charters, voucher programs, and pure competency-based programs. These “reforms” line the pockets of the operators but there is no statistically significant evidence that they improve the quality of education.

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