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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Education and roads key topics as state lawmakers visit area

March 17, 2015

State legislators descended on their Eastside jurisdictions March 14, holding open houses in Bellevue and Issaquah.

At Bellevue’s Somerset Elementary School, one main topic was education, with dozens of teachers outside, and later inside, carrying signs mostly declaring, “It’s time to fully fund education.”

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Issaquah schools budget set to receive slight boost

August 19, 2014

The Issaquah School District will receive an additional $5.4 million from the state government, which equates to revenue growth of less than 1 percent in the 2014-15 school year.

Public school districts and the state Legislature continue to battle over the McCleary decision of 2012, which said lawmakers weren’t fully funding basic education costs and called for them to rectify the situation.

The state increased funding by about $1 billion for its 2013-15 biennial budget, but that isn’t quite cutting it when it comes to meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision, school officials said.

“Though a billion dollars sounds like a lot, when you split it over two years and divide it by 295 school districts, you see it translates to a rather minute increase in the proportion of state revenue,” said Jake Kuper, the Issaquah district’s chief of finance and operations.

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Four candidates face off in 5th District primary

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.

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State Rep. Chad Magendanz moves up to leadership position in House Education Committee

April 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 4, 2014

Freshman State Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th District, Issaquah) was named the new ranking Republican on the House Education Committee March 31.

Chad Magendanz

Chad Magendanz

The announcement came after Rep. Cathy Dahlquist (R-31st District, Enumclaw) resigned her committee position.

Magendanz moved up from the committee’s assistant ranking Republican, a position he has held since he was sworn in as a legislator.

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Legislators talk transportation, schools at Town Hall

March 4, 2014

As the regular legislative session draws closer to an end, 5th District policy makers gave an update to residents Feb. 22.

Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet and Republican Reps. Chad Magendanz and Jay Rodne welcomed the public to a Town Hall at the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73. There, they answered questions about bills hearing discussion in this session, bills that may come in the future and the general state of the Legislature.

Moderator William Shaw gathered questions from the audience and led the discussion, beginning with a possible transportation package.

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Rep. Chad Magendanz appointed to education funding group

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.

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