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August 21, 2012

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Filling in the gaps where state funding ends

So many things are right about Issaquah schools: bright kids, supportive families, inspiring teachers and strong administrators. While Issaquah schools deliver quality education, deficient state funding limits educational opportunities for our students.

We are all familiar with the school funding figures. Issaquah is 277th out of 295 school districts in per-pupil funding in a state that falls 44th in education support. We must ask ourselves, “How can we secure the resources to ensure all students have the tools they need to be successful in school, college and career?” There are two answers. Wait for a legislative fix or empower ourselves to make a change.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is dedicated to the latter. Our mission is to raise funds to help all students achieve the promise of their academic potential. Each year, we work in partnership with the Issaquah School District to assess our students’ greatest needs. We then collaborate with the community to generate resources to fund strategic programs and initiatives that will advance academic achievement, support struggling students, promote professional development and connect students to their futures.

These programs include a Financial Literacy Curriculum for all eighth-graders; Robotics Clubs at every middle and high school; K-5 science; elementary and high school literacy adoptions; a dedicated fine arts fund; Academic Enrichment Grants for teachers; computer science and Web design classes at all high school classes; and funding for STEM initiatives, basic student needs and highly capable and special-needs students.

Help us elevate the basic education funded by the state to the comprehensive 21st century our students need to succeed. Become a VOICE mentor; donate online to the All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign at www.isfdn.org; or attend our Nourish Every Mind Luncheon in May. You have the power to ensure our students have the resources to discover, develop and achieve the promise of their potential.

Robin Callahan, executive director

Sally Brunette,  ISF Board chairwoman

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