Editorial — Capital-gains tax is best education funding option

June 17, 2015

A capital-gains tax is the best option on the table to fully fund education in Washington state.

Senate leaders have agreed on a bipartisan proposal to meet the state’s constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education and provide an equitable education for all students. They also agree more revenue will be needed — about $3.5 billion every two years — but now need to decide where it should come from.

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To the Editor — June 4, 2015

June 3, 2015

Thank you

Many people made Relay for Life a success

On May 9, our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2015 Relay For Life. For 20 hours, we celebrated cancer survivors, remembered those no longer with us and learned about how we can continue to fight back against cancer. This year’s Relay For Life was an outstanding event, made possible by everyone involved.

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Issaquah teachers join walkout to protest state’s education funding

May 27, 2015

About 80 percent of the approximately 1,100 teachers in the Issaquah School District were part of last week’s one-day walkout May 19, said Doug Jones, president of the Issaquah Education Association, the local teacher’s union.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah School District teachers, along with the support of students and their parents, picketed by the hundreds at two locations in downtown Issaquah May 19 to pressure state legislators to obey the state constitution’s mandate to fully fund K-12 public education.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah School District teachers, along with the support of students and their parents, picketed by the hundreds at two locations in downtown Issaquah May 19 to pressure state legislators to obey the state constitution’s mandate to fully fund K-12 public education.

In most cases with parents and students joining them, teachers lined the streets in eight locations, calling for state legislators to fully fund education, to meet the demands of the state Supreme Court McCleary decision, which makes paying for basic education the fundamental job for the state.

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Editorial — Legislature needs to reach transportation consensus

May 27, 2015

State legislators are closer than they’ve been in years to reaching a deal to fix the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. They must not get bogged down by ideology and let slip this opportunity to create jobs and make roads safer.

The Senate already passed a package, including a gas-tax increase, with bipartisan support. Last month, the House Transportation Committee passed two key Senate bills, ESSB 5987 and ESSB 5988. Negotiations are under way to reconcile differences between the Senate and the House’s Democratic leadership.

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Nourish Every Mind Luncheon raises $617,000 to benefit students and schools

May 20, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

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Sen. Steve Litzow declines pay raise until education is fully funded

May 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 17, 2015

Sen. Steve Litzow, a 41st District Republican, declined an 11 percent pay increase recommended and approved by an independent citizens’ commission that sets pay for elected officials until the Legislature addresses its paramount constitutional duty and fully funds public education.

“Washington state’s priority is to provide every child with a quality education,” Litzow, who serves as chairman of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, said in a news release. “Until lawmakers can get our job done and agree on a new budget that includes ample funding for important student programs, teachers and the actual cost of educating children, it’s irresponsible to accept a pay increase.

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Nourish Every Mind Luncheon raises $617,000 to benefit students and schools

May 16, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. May 16, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

Nourish Every Mind continues next week with the second annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast on May 20 at Eastridge Church. Proceeds of both events will fund programs that benefit students throughout the district.

Reserve your seat or learn more by calling the foundation at 391-8557 or emailing becky@isfdn.org.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation hosts fundraisers May 14 and 20

May 12, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation invites the public to participate in two Nourish Every Mind fundraising events in the coming week.

The foundation will host a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center, and a breakfast from 7-8:45 a.m. May 20 at Eastridge Church.

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Governor calls legislative special session

April 28, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee told state legislative leaders he intends to call them into a special session April 29.

The idea is to complete what Inslee’s office called “major work” left undone when the regular session ended April 24. Inslee was to have budget negotiators in his office April 27 to give them a head start prior to the opening of the special session.

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State superintendent releases plan to fully fund basic education

April 21, 2015

At an April 14 press conference, state Superintendent Randy Dorn released a plan to fully fund basic education costs, to help state legislators comply with a state Supreme Court mandate.

The state is under court order to produce a complete plan detailing how it intends to fully fund K-12 basic education without the use of local funding. Neither Gov. Jay Inslee nor the Legislature has introduced such a plan.

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