Taking the classroom to the Capitol with technology Dragging a class of high school students 42 miles from their South King County classroom to the state Capitol is rarely an option during the busy school year. But this week an Auburn High School journalism class did manage to speak directly with Sen. Joe Fain, their state senator, about... Read More...
Paid family leave on KUOW Lawmakers from both political parties are continuing work to provide paid family leave benefits to working families in a way that is financially sustainable for employers. I gave KUOW’s Bill Radke an update on our progress and goals, which you can listen to below. KUOW: One Washington state senator’s fight... Read More...
Celebrating Nowruz The Senate approved a resolution I sponsored celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which is celebrated by nearly 1 million Iranian-Americans including tens of thousands here in our state. Thank you to the guests who joined us to celebrate in the Senate gallery and to our lieutenant governor for his... Read More...
Seahawk Ricardo Lockette in Olympia on Spinal Health Former Seahawk receiver Ricardo Lockette was in Olympia today to advocate for improved spinal cord research. Ricardo, who suffered his own major injury, visited with lawmakers and testified in the House Health Care Committee to advocate for additional research and treatment for head, neck and spine injuries. Read More...
Town-hall meeting wrap up Thank you to the 230 people who attended our town hall meeting on Saturday. We discussed a variety of topics including education funding, road conditions, taxes, mental health treatment and much more. If you weren’t able to attend or didn’t get to ask your question at the meeting you can... Read More...
Seattle Times: What is the staff mix? Washington’s public schools are full of inequities for students, teachers and taxpayers. The staff-mix component of the state’s education funding model maintains and even furthers those inequities. The Seattle Times explains this little known, but far reaching problem, which the Senate has sought to remedy with a per-pupil funding approach.... Read More...
Town Hall Meeting – 3/18 at 11AM Please join us for a town-hall meeting on Saturday, March 18, from 11am-12:30pm at the Golden Steer in Kent. Visit townhall.senatorfain.com for details and to submit a question. Read More...
Short-term stability for schools On Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill that provides short-term stability for local school districts by maintaining existing levy funding, while implementing key reforms to increase accountability. The legislation averts what hasĀ been dubbed the “levy cliff” after the Legislature approved a temporary increase in the amount of local property taxes... Read More...
School funding update This evening the Senate approved a bill that provides short-term stability for local school districts by maintaining existing levy funding, while implementing key reforms to increase accountability. This is only one small, but important step in our work this year. Next we must continue work to find agreement on a... Read More...
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