Rep. Ruth Kagi

Best way to close the achievement gap? Early learning

January 21, 2015

Washington House Democrats

OLYMPIA – A large bipartisan group of legislators, led by Rep. Ruth Kagi, Chair of the House Early Learning & Human Services Committee, and Senator Steve Litzow, Chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, introduced bills to improve the quality of Washington’s childcares and preschools. The two bills, HB 1491 and SB 5452, are companions and are both called “The Early Start Act.” The legislation recognizes the brain science and the positive long-term impact early learning has … Continue reading

Early learning counts

January 13, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Early learning counts

Dear Neighbor, This week, the 64th Legislative session was gaveled to order. This session will be both exciting and challenging – lots of problems to tackle. Over the next few months you’ll hear a lot of talk about budgets and McCleary – referring to the Supreme Court mandate that says our state must invest more money in basic education. I believe we should invest more in our K-12 schools. But the truth is, if we want our children to succeed, … Continue reading

Everyone deserves a chance to succeed

January 8, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Everyone deserves a chance to succeed

Last year, after years of fighting, Rep. Kagi was finally able to pass the Youth Opportunities Act.  The bill allows juveniles who commit non-violent offenses an opportunity to seal their records when they turn 18 – granting them a second chance at  a productive life. But Rep. Kagi’s work is never done. It turns out that only young adults who have the means to pay can get this second chance. This session, Rep. Kagi is determined to make sure all … Continue reading

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Rep. Kagi talking to students
Rep. Kagi playing Chutes & Ladders
Rep. Ruth Kagi with students from WWU
Rep. Kagi in committee
Rep. Kagi with Robin Abel
Reps. Kagi and Ryu with visiting students