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Superintendent of Public Instruction

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Chris Reykdal 898,951 40.41%
Maia Espinoza 564,674 25.38%
Ronald Higgins 456,879 20.54%
Dennis Wick 121,425 5.46%
David Spring 111,176 5%
Stan Lippmann 71,395 3.21%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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State supreme court’s written opinion allows controversial statement about sex ed to stay in superintendent candidate’s voter guide

The court, which voted 6-3 against Reykdal, released its written opinion in a case involving challenger Maia Espinoza’s statement that Reykdal championed a policy that teaches “sexual positions to 4th graders.”

How do you reopen schools in a pandemic? Washington state superintendent candidates have different ideas

Incumbent Chris Reykdal will face Maia Espinoza in the nonpartisan race for superintendent of public instruction. The candidates disagree over how to reopen schools in the pandemic.

Two Democrats to face off for Washington lieutenant governor in November

A Democrat is almost guaranteed to be Washington’s next lieutenant governor.

As COVID-19 changes education systems, Washington school superintendent candidates push for local control

OLYMPIA – Five candidates are running in Washington’s Aug. 4 primary against incumbent Chris Reykdal for Superintendent of Public Instruction, calling for more local control of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

With Inslee running for re-election, other Democrats staying put

By running for a third term, Gov. Jay Inslee has kept more Democrats in place in the 2020 elections but energized Republicans.

State superintendent says even fall may be too soon to return to school

“Short of a vaccine, which people continue to tell us is 12-18 months away, we have to figure out if it’s safe to come back even in the fall,” state Superintendent Chris Reykdal said. “Will we see a spike in cases if we are all sort of released from our social-distancing framework?”

Maia Espinoza: School closures highlight failure of public school system to fully embrace online learning

Microsoft, Android, Amazon – our state is home to some of the most innovative online inventors in the world. Yet, expenditures on technology in public education have only worked to maintain the status quo rather than elevate the quality of education available to our students.

Washington schools ordered closed until fall

Public and private schools in Washington are closed until fall, and students will be getting instruction through “distance learning,” state officials announced this afternoon.

Live Video: Gov. Inslee press conference on COVID-19

At 2 p.m. Governor Jay Inslee, joined by Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, announces new school guidelines to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Chris Reykdal: Extra fees undercut high school dual credit programs

The practice of charging high school students mandatory costs to participate in advanced learning has to end, with or without additional funding from the state.

Eating lunch after recess better for students, report says; some Spokane schools in line with recommendation

When it comes to providing students lunches with the most benefits and the least waste, many schools have it backward, a new report from the state Auditor’s Office says.