Category Archives: Eric Pettigrew

Rep. Pettigrew given “Pioneer” award by digital public schools

Rep. Eric Pettigrew is an education rebel.  He’s not aligned with any one group or special interest.  He’s a long-time believer in doing what works. “Traditional public schools must provide a strong foundation and path to success for Washington’s students,” Pettigrew said.  “It is our job as legislators to give these schools the tools they need. But it is also our job to watch, listen and learn.  If Washington’s education system is not working, we can’t keep doing the same … Continue reading

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Statement from Rep. Eric Pettigrew on Washington’s first charter school

As a long-time supporter of charter schools, I was honored to learn that the Washington’s first charter school, based on First Place School, currently a no-tuition private school in Seattle’s Central District, will make its transition to a public school in the 37th legislative district! Our regular public schools provide many children with a great education. But the system is not built to accommodate the unique needs of every student. Charter schools can provide students with the support, individualized attention … Continue reading

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Liias, Fain, Pettigrew and Manweller introduce bipartisan technology R&D incentives renewal

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Mukilteo, Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, and Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, introduced legislation in their respective chambers that would renew and extend research and development (R&D) tax incentives for the high technology and bio-technology industries in Washington until 2040. SB 6430 and HB 2685 are a bipartisan approach to renewal of the business and occupation tax credit for expenditures on R&D activities and the sales tax deferral on investment in R&D facilities and equipment … Continue reading

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Higher education advocacy – what works?

In the past few years the recession brought huge cuts to our higher education system Recently, to attend a public university in Washington a family contributed about 30% of a student’s cost and the state 70%.  Over the past 5 years this percentage has flip-flopped.  So, it was quite an accomplishment to come out of this legislative session with no tuition increases for public universities. How did they do it?

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You gotta fight, for your right, to stuuuudy!

Yesterday, at the University of Washington,  Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, along with UW Regent Herb Simon and UW Alumni President-Elect Mike Egan spoke at a conference for Public Higher Education Legislative Advocacy Professionals. The panel was on effective higher ed legislative advocacy. The attendees were government affairs representatives from universities all over the country: Illinois, South Dakota, California, Florida, and many more states.  Rep. Pettigrew, in his OSU orange and black gave a shout-out to all the Beavers in the room.  … Continue reading

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