What’s the hold up? Some of you may be wondering if the budget is complete and we’ve passed our school funding and reform plan, why is the Legislature still in session? Last fall, a ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court made a significant change in how counties determine whether to issue building permits... Read More...
Making education a priority Funding for public education makes up more than 50% of the state budget for the first time since 1983, after dipping as low as 38% just over a decade ago. This is important as a significant part of the McCleary ruling highlighted that the state was not paying the full... Read More...
Landmark progress for students The Legislature passed historic new funding levels and reforms for Washington’s public schools at the end of June, which will have profound effects for our state’s students, teachers, parents and taxpayers for decades to come. In addition to providing a significant funding increase (which is detailed below), we also made... Read More...
Beyond the headlines: budget highlights I want to share a few of the important state budget investments that are on the way. $7.3 billion additional state funds for public education over the next four years. $105 million the next four years toward the State Need Grant, which provides financial assistance to low-income students attending college.... Read More...
New budget and education reforms a win for Pierce County and state Washington students will see historic investments and reforms aimed at improving student achievement for all students over the next four years following today’s passage of a new state budget and education reform legislation. Sen. Hans Zeiger, who serves as chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, says... Read More...
Agreement reached on testing requirements for high school graduation Students in the high school graduating class of 2017 who did not pass state-required standardized assessments will be able to get their diploma if a new bill announced today is approved by the full Legislature. The compromise plan comes after education leaders in the state House of Representatives and Senate... Read More...
Statewide solution for locating new schools Along with population growth in many parts of Washington, there is increased demand on public schools to accommodate more students and greater competition for buildable lands. Earlier this year the Legislature passed a bill to provide more options for siting schools, but key sections allowing schools to be built outside... Read More...
Homeowner protections against squatters signed into law Washington homeowners will be better protected against squatters after legislation sponsored by Sen. Hans Zeiger was today signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. Zeiger’s bill removes current legal ambiguity by giving law enforcement clear authority to evict squatters and bar them from returning to a property they illegally occupied.... Read More...
Budget and education update As you may have heard in the news, the Legislature is currently in a special session to continue work toward a comprehensive solution for our public schools and to complete the state’s new two-year budget. While I believe we should have finished our work on time, any solution will require... Read More...
Join us May 4 over the phone Please join us for a one-hour telephone town-hall meeting on Thursday, May 4, at 6:30pm. The event will last one hour when callers can ask questions, participate in instant polls or simply listen in on the community conversation. Telephone town-hall meetings provide an incredible opportunity for increased public input and engagement. The phone-based... Read More...
Page 1 of 2112345...1020...Last »