September 3, 2015
What is happening in Washington’s public high schools gives testing a bad name.
Schools are pushing too many tests because of a mismatch between state and federal laws. The result is a backlash from students, parents and teachers with high numbers of students opting out of tests.
Test scores provide a valuable snapshot of what individuals have learned and how well schools are teaching them. But too much unnecessary or redundant testing detracts from learning and wastes time.
August 26, 2015
On Tuesday, Issaquah parents will whisk their children off to school, symbolically bringing an end to the long summer nights.
A late Labor Day means school starts Sept. 1 this year.
After dropping the kids off at school, you might feel the urge to kick back, relax and enjoy some “me” time. You deserve it after a long summer keeping the young ones entertained.
August 19, 2015
NEW — 3:50 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015
Washington state’s school-financing system has been inadequate, broken and inequitable for three decades. On Aug. 12, after multiple warnings, the state Supreme Court issued a new order in the landmark McCleary case putting a price tag on the failure to fix it: $100,000 a day in fines.
The penalty follows the court holding the state — the governor and the Legislature — in contempt 11 months ago. Despite a regular session and three overtime sessions, lawmakers still could not satisfy the court.
No more delays. Gov. Jay Inslee should show the type of bold leadership on the systemic solutions that he did not show during the six months of legislative sessions. He should work with legislative leaders to hatch a plan and then reconvene the full Legislature as soon as possible. Lawmakers must also set aside partisanship and ideology to find a sustainable new education-funding model.
The Legislature made admirable progress toward fuller funding of education in the recent marathon session. But the Supreme Court wants more detailed plans of how the state will pay for the space required for reduced K-3 class sizes and all-day kindergarten. The new order also rightly emphasized the state’s constitutional obligation to pay for teachers’ salaries. The broken school-financing model foists nearly one-third of compensation onto school levies, leaving have and have-not districts in rich and poor corners of the state. Read more
August 11, 2015
NEW — 2:42 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015
It’s official. California isn’t the only one with a problem.
Cascade Water Alliance — of which Issaquah and Sammamish are members — joined Seattle Public Utilities, Tacoma Water and the city of Everett in declaring a regional water advisory at the end of July.
This year’s low snowpack coupled with high temperatures and increased customer demand have heightened the potential for lower water supply availability, according to a Cascade Water Alliance news release.
What does that mean for you? It means the time has come to take a good, hard look at your water consumption. Read more
August 5, 2015
NEW — 12:02 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015
People who love animals are celebrating a new state law that protects pets left in hot cars. The law went into effect July 24.
It is now a class 2 civil infraction to leave an unattended animal in a motor vehicle or enclosed space where it might be harmed by heat or cold, or lack of water or fresh air.
The fine is $125, and a person could also be convicted of animal cruelty.
The law gives police and animal control officers the authority to free an animal “under any means reasonable” to protect the health and safety of an animal they believe is suffering or is likely to suffer harm, and it clears them of liability for damage to property resulting from any actions they take.
The bill also expands the state’s ban on animal fighting from dogs and roosters to all animals. And it makes it a crime for an adult to cause a minor to commit animal cruelty or make animals fight. Read more
July 29, 2015
NEW — 11:13 a.m. July 29, 2015
Before you know it, summer will be over and children will head back to school.
And although it’s an exciting time for the many children who get new clothes and school supplies, it’s a tense time for families who don’t have the money for such things.
That’s where Tools 4 School comes in.
July 23, 2015
Local voters already should have received mail-in ballots for the upcoming primary election for the Issaquah City Council. Voters have two primary races to decide, with the top two vote getters in each race continuing to the general election in November.
July 16, 2015
First, two dogs were killed. They were on leashes, being walked by their owner in a crosswalk.
But someone blew through the crosswalk three years ago and killed the dogs, traumatizing the man who loved them.
July 9, 2015
School is out and that means one thing — children are everywhere you look during the hours they used to be in school.
What does that mean?
It’s up to every one of us to keep them safe.
July 2, 2015
Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.
Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract lots of recreationalists, especially this time of year.