Schools chief candidate clarifies status of her organization

SEATTLE (AP) β€” A candidate for state education chief in Washington state who claimed to operate a nonprofit now says her organization does not actually have federal tax-exempt status. Maia Espinoza, who is challenging incumbent Chris Reykdal, in the November election to become the state superintendent of public instruction, made the clarification Wednesday after repeated inquiries from The Associated Press. Espinoza is founder and executive director of the Center for Latino Leadership, which claims on its website it is β€œan incorporated, nonprofit organization in Washington State operating under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.”