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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.

Jonathan Brunt
Jonathan Brunt joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. He is the government editor. He previously was a reporter who covered Spokane City Hall, Spokane County government and public safety.

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