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Truth-test: Nonpartisan superintendent’s race brings out partisan ties, accusations

With less than a week left before Election Day, partisan ties in the nonpartisan superintendent of public instruction race have become clear.Incumbent Chris Reykdal, backed by the state Democratic Party, is facing challenger Maia Espinoza, backed by the state Republican Party, for his spot as the state's chief schools official.

Northwest Passages: Superintendent of Public Instruction debate

The League of Women Voters of Washington organized a candidates debate for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and Maia Espinoza. Laurel Demkovich of The Spokesman-Review moderated the debate, which aired via the livestream of the Northwest Passages Virtual Forum.

It’s a long road to get back to school

Spokane Public Schools is jpdoing the math, and so far it doesn’t add up. If students are to return to school this fall, only about 20 will fit inside a typical classroom and still comply with social distancing requirements in the face of COVID-19.

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?”

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.

Washington implementing new system for judging schools

Parents have a new way to examine how schools are doing in Washington state. State Superintendent Chris Reykdal said the new system will help administrators, teachers and parents identify deficiencies in all schools, including those that may get among the best scores.