Issaquah Schools Foundation launches campaign for science curriculum

May 4, 2011

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 9 a.m. May 4, 2011

State lawmakers’ unexpected midyear $1.45 million cut to the Issaquah School District has sparked an initiative to pay for a new elementary school science curriculum.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation, the Issaquah PTSA Council and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to raise money for the Elementary Science Initiative.

The district had initially planned to use money from its reserves to pay for the science curriculum, but that money has since been used to backfill the state’s cuts.

The current science curriculum does not match state standards, and half of the district’s fifth-graders did not pass the 2010 science Measurement of Student Progress state test.

The new curriculum would give classrooms lessons and materials that would help bring students up to speed.

The district has committed $700,000 to the new science curriculum, and the Elementary Science Initiative partnership has committed to raising an additional $500,000 by June 30. So far, the foundation has raised $263,000, but more is needed. The Elementary Science Initiative has launched a website with more information about donations.

Or, tax-deductible checks can be made out to the Issaquah Schools Foundation with “Science” in the memo line. Mail any donations to P.O. Box 835, Issaquah WA 98027.

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