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Spending Ramps Up in Race for Washington Schools Chief

One of the largest independent expenditures in Washington state elections this year has come in the race for schools children. 

The education reform organization Stand for Children’s PAC has bought $164,887 worth of mailers for the Erin Jones campaign for Superintendent of Public Instruction. The PAC spent another $12,809 yesterday on last-minute robocalls for Jones’s campaign.

On paper, Jones’s left-leaning platform appears quite similar to that of her opponent, State Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater. Both say they oppose excessive standardized testing, demand much-improved state funding of K-12 schools, and want creative solutions toward closing the opportunity gap for disadvantaged students.