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Originally published Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

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WA audit wants more school money in classrooms

A new state audit of Washington's public schools says the state's school districts could do a better job getting dollars into the classroom where they'll make the most difference.

Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

A new state audit of Washington's public schools says the state's school districts could do a better job getting dollars into the classroom where they'll make the most difference.

The performance audit includes detailed comparisons among school districts of similar size as well as suggestions about how some are spending more money in the classroom than others.

The audit notes that moving just 1 percent of school spending from administrative offices to the classroom would be enough to pay for more than 1,000 teachers statewide.

Among the cost-saving suggestions: buy fuel for school buses in bulk, use more USDA surplus food in the lunchroom and look at having some services provided by the private sector.

Although many of the cost differences involve choices, some are out of a district's hands such as how many special education students they serve.

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