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Legislators hold weekend town hall meetings

Washington state lawmakers are holding hometown meetings in February, most of them the weekend of the 22nd. Show up and speak up about the Supreme Court’s order in McCleary to fully fund K-12 public schools by 2018.

3rd District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 West 1st Avenue, Spokane Senator Andy Billing Rep Marcus Riccelli

4th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 6:30-7:30pm
call in, 1-800-757-3703
Rep Matt Shea

5th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11am
Maple Valley Community Center, 22225 SE 231st St, Maple Valley Saturday, February 22nd, 1pm-2pm Issaquah Highlands Fire Department, 1280 North Park Drive, Issaquah Saturday, February 22nd, 3pm-4pm Snoqualmie Police Department, 34825 SE Douglas Street, Snoqualmie Senator Mark Mullet Rep Jay Rodne Rep Chad Magendanz

6th District:
Thursday, February 20th, 6:30pm
call in, 1-800-278-6179
Senator Michael Baumgartner
Rep Kevin Parker
Rep Jeff Holy

9th District:
Wednesday, February 26th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
call in, 1-800-761-6268
Rep Joe Schmick

11th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 1pm-2pm
King County Regional Communications & Emergency Command Center, 3511 NE 2nd St, Renton
Senator Bob Hasegawa Rep Zach Hudgins Rep Steve Bergquist

12th District:
Tuesday, February 25th, 7pm
call in, 1-877-229-8493, code 112411
Senator Linda Evans Parlette
Rep Cary Condotta
Rep Brad Hawkins

15th District:
Tuesday, March 4th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
call in, 1-800-291-9241
Rep Bruce Chandler
Rep David Taylor

21st District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am
Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Avenue North, Edmonds
Saturday, February 22nd, 1pm Martha Lake Elementary School, 17500 Larch Way, Lynnwood
Saturday, February 22nd, 3pm Mukilteo City Hall, 11930  Cyrus Way, Mukilteo
Senator Marko Liias
Rep Mary Helen Roberts
Rep Lillian Ortiz-Self

27th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am
Jason Lee Middle School, 602 S Sprague, Tacoma
Senator Jeannie Darneille
Rep Laurie Jinkins
Rep Jake Fey

28th District:
Sunday, March 16th, 10am-11am
Bethel High School auditorium
Sunday, March 16th, 2pm-3pm
Pierce College, Cascade Room 332, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
Rep Tami Green

29th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-2pm
PLU Bookstore, 208 Garfield St, Parkland
Senator Steve Conway

30th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S, Federal Way
Saturday, February 22nd, 12:30pm-2pm
Milton City Hall, 1100 Laurel Street, Milton
Saturday, February 22nd, 3pm-4:30pm
Algona City Hall, 402 Ward Street, Algona
Rep Linda Kochmar

35th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 2pm-3pm
Theler Community Center, 22871 NE State Route 3, Belfair
Rep Drew MacEwan

37th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Pacific Tower, 8th floor Conference Room, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle
Senator Adam Kline
Rep Sharon Tomiko Santos
Rep Eric Pettigrew

38th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Marysville Library, 6120  Grove Street, Marysville
Senator John McCoy
Rep Mike Sells
Rep June Robinson

41st District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Hazelwood Elementary School, 7100 116th Avenue SE, Newcastle
Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30pm-3pm Sunny Hills Elementary School, 3200 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road SE, Sammamish
Senator Steve Litzow
Rep Judy Clibborn
Rep Tana Senn

43rd District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30pm
Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle
Senator Jamie Pedersen
Rep Frank Chopp
Rep Brady Walkinshaw

45th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Lake Washington Institute of Technology, 11605 132nd Ave SE, West Bldg Room W404, Kirkland
Senator Andy Hill
Rep Larry Springer
Rep Roger Goodman

48th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-12pm
Senator Rodney Tom
Rep Ross Hunter
Rep Cyrus Habib

49th District:
Wednesday, February 19th, 6pm-7pm
call in, 1-877-229-8493, code 18646
Senator Annette Cleveland
Rep Jim Moeller
Rep Sharon Wylie


A detailed update on McCleary

Tom Ahearne, lead attorney for NEWS in the McCleary case, spoke to a packed house in Olympia in January 2014 for the annual WASA, WSSDA and WASBO legislative conference. View his PowerPoint slides for an update on the case to date and to learn what the Legislature must do to show real, steady and measurable progress toward meeting the McCleary mandate ordered by the Washington State Supreme Court.

Supreme Court: Speed up McCleary funding


The Washington State Supreme Court has turned up the heat on legislators to provide local school districts the billions of dollars of additional K-12 funding that the State’s own studies have confirmed are needed to cure decades of unconstitutional underfunding – including fully funding salary increases, materials and operations, transportation and both the staffing and construction costs for full-day kindergarten and K-3 class size reductions. (more…)

Legislators’ funding survey: What part of a Supreme Court order do they not understand?


Earlier this week, many educators across the state received an invitation from two lawmakers to participate in a survey regarding K-12 funding. NEWS’s concern is that this comes from state lawmakers who are already under a Washington State Supreme Court order to fully fund K-12 public education.

We appreciate WASA’s message – provided below – that reflects these concerns. Of course, your participation in this survey is your choice. However, if you do choose to participate, please consider this message when you respond. (more…)

NEWS on legislative school funding ‘progress’ report: ‘Must elected officials obey the constitution, or are they above it?’


The Legislature is failing to remedy Washington State’s unconstitutional violation of public school children’s right to an amply funded K-12 education and at the current rate of “progress” won’t meet a court-imposed 2018 deadline for full funding until 2028, the coalition that filed the successful McCleary school funding lawsuit said in a legal brief filed today.

In a response to the Legislature’s K-12 school funding report to the Washington State Supreme Court, the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) called upon the Court to consider issuing “at a minimum… a clear, firm, unequivocal warning to the defendant State that leaves recalcitrant elected officials no doubt that the State’s continued failure to comply with this Court’s Orders will result in a holding of contempt, sanctions, or other appropriate judicial enforcement.” (more…)