October 21, 2014
Thanks to everyone who helped with Kiwanis fundraiser
Issaquah is a wonderful community! Thanks to everyone who came to the Kiwanis Salmon Dinner at Salmon Days. More than 2,000 of us enjoyed the delicious salmon meal, and by coming donated more than $20,000 that Kiwanis will be donating back to nonprofits in the Issaquah area.
October 14, 2014
Marcus Naylor for judge
I encourage you to vote for Marcus Naylor to become a District Court judge.
I have known Marcus for 15 years and can attest to his integrity, wisdom and leadership. He is endorsed by the King County Democrats and Republicans — a rare feat — plus prosecutors, court staff and many judges, including the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court. Marcus is also rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the King County Bar Association.
Visit marcusnaylor.com for more information, and don’t overlook this “down-ballot” election decision!
Issaquah City Council, Pos. 4
October 14, 2014
Great schools and great communities go hand in hand. It is likely that one or both of these influenced your decision to live within the Issaquah School District boundaries.
The Issaquah Schools Foundation asks you to ensure both remain great by contributing to the All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign.
October 7, 2014
Give generously to help cover gap in education funding
With the calendar officially turned to fall, many of us are back into the daily comfort of our children’s school routine. There are morning buses to catch, lunches to pack, shoes to tie and backpacks to fasten.
School is a tie that binds us, and our neighborhoods, together. School and its activities are like a quilt that we all wrap around ourselves. But without our local Issaquah Schools Foundation, this quilt would be tattered and threadbare.
July 8, 2014
Voters will have four choices for state representative in the 5th Legislative District primary Aug. 5.
The two candidates who receive the most votes will run in the Nov. 4 general election.
Incumbent Republican Chad Magendanz will run again. He touts his expertise on educational issues and his willingness to reach across the aisle as reasons for residents to re-elect him.
May 20, 2014
Last month’s U.S. Department of Education decision to revoke Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver is starting to filter down to school districts and individual buildings.
At the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting, officials discussed the loss of the waiver, which was officially announced April 24. Washington had been one of 43 states with the waiver, allowing it to deviate from NCLB, a nationwide accountability system for public schools that has been in place since 2001.
May 13, 2014
Issaquah’s Lobbyist Doug Levy tried to make legislator lemonade out of the lemons given in the most recent legislative session.
He presented a post-session update to the City Council during the April 7 meeting and found some positive things to say about a relatively uneventful session.
“My sum up of this session would be there were certainly not areas where we feel like there was any significant harm done,” Levy said. “It’s just that I would have liked to be able to report more progress to you. It was a little bit more of a running-in-place kind of session.”
April 29, 2014
The Issaquah School District is likely to lose some flexibility in budgeting next year.
State officials announced April 24 that Washington would lose a waiver it has been receiving from the federal government which allowed the state flexibility under portions of the No Child Left Behind law.
Under the law, 100 percent of students need to be at their grade level standard in both reading and math by this year. For the past few years, the federal government has granted more than 40 states waivers from the requirement.
February 7, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 7, 2014
Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, has been tapped to sit on a legislative work group that will consider new ways to fund K-12 education.
The bipartisan group, chaired by Gov. Jay Inslee, will include members of the state House and Senate.
Magendanz, assistant ranking member of the House Education Committee, said lawmakers have their work cut out for them in complying with the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision, which found that the state was not adequately funding basic education.
October 22, 2013
Policy and training divided the two Issaquah School District school board candidates at an Oct. 17 candidate forum.
Appointed board member Allison Meryweather is attempting to win her first election for the position against Lisa Callan, who also applied for the board appointment earlier this year.
“I discovered first hand the lack of funding our state provides our schools,” Meryweather said about her time on the board and volunteering in classrooms. “It’s not just about funding. It’s also about how we strategically invest those dollars.”
Callan said she believed her leadership roles in The Boeing Co. and a long history involved in the educational system qualifies her for the board position.