Rep. Chris Reykdal

Less support for higher ed hurts students

January 7, 2015

Rep. Chris Reykdal

Less support for higher ed hurts students

Originally published in the Everett Herald, January 7, 2015. The U.S. student loan debt is almost $1.3 trillion. That’s trillion with a “T”! Students and families from Washington state own at least $18.3 billion of that debt, with $1.4 billion in additional borrowing last year alone. Graduates are facing the toughest job market in decades and they are doing it with unprecedented student loan debt. Over 771,000 Washingtonians now hold student loans. It’s time we address this bubble before it … Continue reading

Reykdal to serve as vice chair of House Education Committee

December 11, 2014

Rep. Chris Reykdal

Reykdal to serve as vice chair of House Education Committee

Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater) was selected by his peers in the House Democratic Caucus to serve as vice-chair of the House Education Committee this week. The Education Committee consider bills dealing with K-12 education policies like high school graduation requirements, dual-credit coursework, and closing the opportunity gap. “I’m excited to serve in this new position,” said Reykdal. “Our state has an enormous challenge ahead of us. A major overhaul of our revenue system is long overdue if we want to … Continue reading

Statement from Rep. Reykdal regarding the NCLB waiver loss

April 24, 2014

Rep. Chris Reykdal

Statement from Rep. Reykdal regarding the NCLB waiver loss

Washington State was informed today that the U.S. Department of Education has revoked our No Child Left Behind waiver. Under the terms of the revocation, Washington State will not lose resources; rather, we will lose some flexibility on how to use $40 million of the approximately $12 billion we spend in our K-12 schools per year (that’s 0.3% – three tenths of one percent). Below is a statement from Rep. Chris Reykdal of Tumwater regarding the waiver loss: As a … Continue reading

Rep. Hunt & Rep. Reykdal’s joint e-newsletter

February 25, 2014

Reps. Sam Hunt and Chris Reykdal

Dear Neighbors, A large focus of this legislative session – like most sessions – is education. We have a moral obligation to give Washington students the best future possible and to do that we must fully fund education. Validating this premise, the Washington State Constitution is clear that providing a basic education is “the paramount duty” of the state. As you’ve probably heard many times, the McCleary decision has made that mandate abundantly clear. Just what is ‘McCleary’ anyway?   … Continue reading

Career and college readiness and tax exemption transparency

February 19, 2014

Rep. Chris Reykdal

Career and college readiness and tax exemption transparency

Yesterday was a “cutoff” day at the state Legislature, meaning policy bills sponsored by House members must be approved by the full House to allow further consideration in the legislative process. We tackled several important issues like tax exemption transparency and career and college readiness. Below are clips from TVW of my floor speeches on these bills. Thank you again, for letting me be your voice on these important issues. – Chris House Bill 2383 “This saves us money and … Continue reading

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