ACTION ITEM: Encourage every parent in the district to take the Community Values Survey. Survey results will be presented on Jan 9, 2014 at 4pm , Issaquah High School.
Issaquah PTSA Council endorses all three levy packages being put on the ballot on February 11, 2014
DID YOU KNOW . . . Our school district has three levies that will expire in 2014? The Issaquah School District has submitted three replacement levies for a special election on February 11, 2014, to continue funding the current level of service and opportunities for our students. This month, we’d like to introduce you to the importance of levies in our operating budget in general. In each of the next three months, we will talk about each levy separately.
WHY HAVE LEVIES? The state’s definition and funding of “Basic Education” does not fully cover the actual needs of a modern school. As just one example, “Basic Education” does not include “technology,” so school districts receive zero dollars from the state to put computers in the classroom, or to maintain Family Access or teacher/school/district websites. Washington State ranks 43 out of 50 states in per-pupil education funding, according to “Education Week”; Issaquah ranks 257 out of 295 Washington school districts in revenue per student. A levy or bond measure is the one funding mechanism provided by law that enables the local community to invest directly in the quality of its schools to overcome these shortfalls.
WHAT IS THE “LEVY CAP” AND WHY DOES IT EXIST? By law, school districts are limited in the percentage of their budget that they can collect from local levies to supplement basic education, in order to prevent over-reliance on local dollars for school funding. Through a quirk in history, Issaquah’s levy limit is set at 28.97% of the state and federal dollars received by the district during the prior year, while Bellevue’s cap is 34.66%, which allows them to collect approximately $9 million more per year than Issaquah.
FAST FACT: The Issaquah School District has the highest bond rating (Aaa) of any public school district in Washington State on Moody’s scale and has received exemplary audit reports for eleven consecutive years.
- Reps or anyone interested in getting more involved, CLICK HERE to see updates on Levy activities.
- CLICK HERE for Voters of Issaquah UPDATE October 2013: Information on: Endorsements, Schools PresentationsSynopsis of the Education Bills passed by the Senate this week (March 11, 2013) and are moving forward to the state House of Representatives.
- 2012-2013 Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly - Recap -
The Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly that took place on October 19 & 20 at the SeaTac Marriott went very well. A big thank you to all who attended! There were some issues that passed and some that failed by a margin smaller than the number of attendees from our school district, so our votes really made a difference.
Here is the legislative platform for 2012-2013 — they are the issues we hope the legislature will take up when the session starts in January:
- Access to Algebra in Middle School: This already happens in our district, but many other districts lag behind in allowing their students to begin advanced math in middle school. This issue was submitted by Danelle Gonzalez, Issaquah HS
- Screening and Instruction of Struggling Readers
- Social Emotional Learning
- Access, Opportunity and Equity in Special Education
- School Zone Signage
- Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
- Great Family Engagement in Every School
- Access to Quality Early Learning
- Training to Support Highly Capable Learners
How to Recruit an Advocacy Chair CLICK HERE
JOB DESCRIPTION: Advocacy / Legislation / Voters for Issaquah Schools (VIS)
If you have any questions, please contact the Issaquah PTSA Advocacy/Legislative Co-Chairs:
Betsy Cohen (425) 957-3538 and/or Jody Mull (206) 940-4051