Education Discussion on TVW This morning I had a chance to appear on TVW’s “The Impact” with Sen. Christine Rolfes and host Anita Kissee to discuss our work and progress on K-12 education during this legislative session.   Read More...
Legislature approves plan to support all students, close opportunity gap The state Senate approved bipartisan legislation to begin closing the persistent opportunity gap in Washington’s public schools. The legislation, similar to a Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow, ends long-term and open-ended suspensions and expulsions, improves cultural competency for teachers and school staff and improves instruction for students in... Read More...
Supported employment Today I had the opportunity to speak with Issaquah resident Sean Chilberg and Stacy Chilberg, who were in Olympia advocating for supported employment for people with developmental disabilities. Washington features an “Employment First” policy and provides assistance so people can become and remain employed. Read More...
Nationally recognized Bellevue teacher honored by Senate Bellevue teacher Ryan Lafferty, who was one of forty teachers in the country to receive the prestigious Milken Award in January, was honored Tuesday by the Washington Senate in a resolution sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow. Lafferty teaches high school physics at the International School in the Bellevue School District.... Read More...
King County to Capitol – Jewish Federation On Wednesday I had the opportunity to meet with members of the Jewish Federation including Marilyn Wade — a 41st District constituent — and Maxima Patashnik, to discuss the organization’s legislative priorities, which include education, health care, human rights and social services. Read More...
King County to the Capitol – Discussion on carbon tax initiative Today I met with Samara Villasenor, Bob Ellis, George Reynoldson, and Ellie Gittelman — 41st District constituents — to discuss Initiative 732, a revenue neutral approach to combating climate change and reducing carbon emissions. Ballot initiatives in Washington can either go directly to the voters or first to the Legislature... Read More...
House Democrats’ budget goes backward on K-12 funding “This is a huge step backward for the 1 million children in Washington’s public schools. Over the past three years, lawmakers have worked in a bipartisan manner to make historic investments in our state’s public education system featuring an additional $4.6 billion for K-12 schools. “Since 2013 we have made... Read More...
Effort to keep charter schools open moves ahead Bipartisan legislation to keep public charter schools available to Washington students moved forward today as the House Education Committee held a public hearing on legislation from Sen. Steve Litzow that directs funding to come from the state’s Opportunity Pathways Account, which contains state lottery revenues not restricted to common schools.... Read More...
Student suicide prevention efforts approved by Senate Legislation to prevent youth suicide sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow passed the Washington State Senate today as suicide ranks as the second leading cause of death for Washington children. The plan creates a student suicide prevention training program for middle and high school teachers, administrators, counselors and parents. “Suicide is... Read More...
Next step on education funding receives bipartisan approval in Senate Legislation from a 2015 bipartisan work group outlining the next step toward improving the state’s public education system was approved today by the Senate. The proposal, co-sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow, creates a bipartisan task force to make recommendations on teacher pay, benefits and recruitment efforts, collective bargaining, and how... Read More...
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