Rep. Chris Reykdal

Assessment reform approved by House of Representatives

May 27, 2015

Rep. Chris Reykdal

Assessment reform approved by House of Representatives

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan bill to reduce the number of high-stakes standardized tests required for high school students was approved by the House of Representatives today by a vote of 87-7. HB 2214 sponsored by Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater), vice-chair of the House Education Committee, enhances local control of schools by cutting the number of required tests by more than half. The bill also places additional emphasis on students completing rigorous courses in their senior year to get them ready … Continue reading

Reykdal: Teachers and state employees deserve raise before lawmakers

May 14, 2015

Rep. Chris Reykdal

OLYMPIA – State Representative Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater) announced that he will donate to charity any cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) provided to Legislators in excess of the COLA provided to teachers, state employees, long-term care workers, and other state collectively bargained agreements. “I deeply respect the individual decision each lawmaker will make regarding their COLA,” Reykdal said. “These are friends and fellow public servants. They often live away from their families and their communities for several months in order to serve in … Continue reading

Statement from Rep. Chris Reykdal on No Child Left Behind compromise

April 8, 2015

Rep. Chris Reykdal

Statement from Rep. Chris Reykdal on No Child Left Behind compromise

Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater), vice chair of the House Education committee, issued the following statement on the compromise deal reached in the U.S. Senate on the No Child Left Behind fix. “Today is a great day for Washington’s one million school kids. After years of waivers and temporary fixes to the many problems created by No Child Left Behind, Congress appears to be on the right track in adopting commonsense solutions that move our nation, and Washington state, forward on … Continue reading

Dual credit opportunity expansion wins House support

March 10, 2015

Rep. Chris Reykdal

Dual credit opportunity expansion wins House support

OLYMPIA – Students would have more opportunities to receive college credit while attending high school under a proposal approved by the House of Representatives today. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater) passed the House 53-45. “Providing more access and opportunity to higher education is one of the best investments we can make for our students,” said Reykdal. “Right now, too many students aren’t given a fair chance at those opportunities, but it doesn’t have to be this way. … Continue reading

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

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