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Class-size initiative, I-1351, expands lead again

The state initiative aimed at lowering class sizes increased its lead on the fourth day of ballot counting.

The Washington Secretary of State’s website says Initiative 1351 leads by 9,172 votes.

After Tuesday’s count, the measure was behind by about 12,000 votes. By Thursday’s count, it took the lead by 4,660 votes.

The measure is leading in only two Eastern Washington counties: Spokane and Asotin.

I-1351 would set maximum class sizes in kindergarten through third grade at 17 students in most classrooms and 15 children in schools in low-income areas. Classes in the fourth through 12th grades would have fewer than 25 students per class, or 22 in low-income schools.

Elway Poll: Class-size measure has strong lead

An initiative that would require smaller classes in Washington's public schools has strong support among voters polled a month before election day.

Elway Research says two of three voters surveyed last week said they were either definitely or probably going to vote yes on Initiative 1351, which would require the Legislature to spend money to reduce class sizes in all public schools, but with an extra emphasis on schools in high poverty areas. 

Support for the measure was strong across demographic and political lines, pollster H. Stuart Elway said, although voters who said they are following this year's elections “very closely” were less inclined to say they planned to vote yes than those who said they were not paying attention at all.

“It is not entirely unprecedented for initiative support to collapse in the closing weeks of the campaign,” Elway said in the report detailing the survey's results. But in the three cases over the last 20 years in which it did, those  measures had organize opposition and I-1351 does not, he added.

To read more about the survey results, click on the document below. To read arguments for and against I-1351 from the state's Online Voter's Guide, click here. To check out coverage of I-1351 in The Spokesman-Review's Election Center, click here.


Class-size initiative supporters say they have enough signatures

OLYMPIA — Supporters of a ballot measure that would reduce class sizes in public schools say they're confident the proposal will be on the November ballot after turning in more than 325,000 signatures this morning.

The Secretary of State's office will still have to check petitions before certifying Initiative 1351 for the ballot, but the cushion of signatures supporters collected means they will go through an expedited process unless major problems turn up.

I-1351 would require the Legislature to reduce class sizes across the state in Kindergarten through Grade 3, and other grades in “defined  high-poverty schools.”  It tells the Legislature to pay for the reductions, phased in over the next four years, but does not specify if that would be by raising taxes or cutting other programs or both.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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