Education Committee approves charter proposal Today the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee approved a proposal I sponsored to protect students enrolled in our voter-approved public charter schools. Now it heads to the Ways and Means Committee for further review.   Read More...
State of the State On Tuesday members of the Senate and House of Representatives gathered for the State of the State address as is customary the first week of each session. Read More...
Protecting Charter School Students Today I had the opportunity to discuss our bipartisan effort to protect public charter schools in Washington on “Wall Street Journal Live” with editorial board member Mary Kissel. Click below to watch and here to learn more about our efforts. Read More...
Plan to protect charter schools helps address education inequality Public charter schools must remain an option for current Washington students and thousands more who would benefit from them in the future, according to Sen. Steve Litzow and Rep. Eric Pettigrew. A bipartisan group of lawmakers today announced a proposal that would keep the doors open, maintaining the voter-approved schools... Read More...
Students can spend a week at the Capitol Students between the ages of 14 and 16 are invited to participate in the Senate page program where each year hundreds of students from throughout Washington state get a firsthand look at how the legislative process works. “The page program is an incredible educational opportunity and a great chance to... Read More...
Litzow will continue work to protect charter schools following court decision Sen. Steve Litzow expressed disappointment as the state Supreme Court today denied requests to reconsider its original ruling declaring public charter schools unconstitutional. Litzow vowed to continue bipartisan work to maintain the voter-approved schools during the upcoming 2016 legislative session. “Every child in this state deserves a high-quality education,” said... Read More...
Education and budget committees to meet jointly When state lawmakers convene in Olympia later this week in preparation for the 2016 legislative session, the Senate budget and education committees will meet together to discuss the upcoming session’s biggest issues. The status of K-12 public school funding as well as the future of charter schools lead off the... Read More...
Litzow, bipartisan lawmakers petition court on behalf of charter schools Sen. Steve Litzow, chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, and a bipartisan group of legislators today filed a brief with the state Supreme Court seeking reconsideration of a ruling that struck down public charter schools. Five Democrats and five Republicans issued the first formal response from... Read More...
Children’s advocates present Litzow with Champion for Children award For sponsoring and his work to pass the Early Start Act, Senator Steve Litzow was recognized by the Children’s Alliance as a 2015 Champion for Children. The Children’s Alliance presented Litzow with the award last week for his work to improve education outcomes for all children with historic new investments... Read More...
Response to charter school ruling Following today’s state Supreme Court’s ruling invalidating Initiative 1240 passed by Washington state voters in 2012, which allowed 40 public charter schools to open over five years, Senator Steve Litzow, chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, issued this statement. “Public charter schools provide high-quality opportunities especially for... Read More...
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