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Our Constitutional Duty

Article IX, Section 1, of the Washington State Constitution says, “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.”

Washington state’s K–12 public schools welcome all children beginning at age 5 and continuing through graduation or age 21. (RCW 28A.225.160)

Students are not required to show proof of legal residency. (RCW 28A.225.215)

As public school educators, we have a constitutional duty to educate all school-age children who live within the boundaries of our school districts.

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