Class size initiative makes Washington ballot

Class size initiative makes Washington ballot
In this April 18, 2014 photo, Annette Wells, right, leads a discussion in her 7th-8th grade language arts class at Komachin Middle School in Lacey, Wash. Wells has switched from desks to tables due to the high number of students she needs to fit in her classroom. An Associated Press analysis of Washington school enrollment data shows 136 school districts, out of 295, added students between the 2011-12 school year and the current academic year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
SEATTLE (AP) - The Secretary of State's office has certified that a ballot initiative to decrease public school class sizes has enough qualified signatures to make the November ballot.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman says a team of 10 signature checkers finished checking signatures for Initiative 1351 late Thursday afternoon.

Washington voters considered a similar measure in 2000 and approved it Initiative 728 with 71 percent of the vote. The Legislature has suspended that law several times because of the budget.

The class size initiative will be the only "initiative to the people" on the ballot this fall. Two initiatives to the legislature on background checks for gun purchases also will appear.

The class size proposal would require smaller classes at every grade level. Lower goals would be set for high poverty schools and in early grades.