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About Ross

I'm proud to represent Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, and Yarrow Point in the Washington State House of Representatives. I am chairman of the Appropriations Committee, responsible for crafting biennial budgets. I also serve on the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, the Expenditure Limit Committee and the Pension Funding Council. (One could die from the excitement.)

Meeting on K-12 Compensation and Levy Reform

[UPDATE 5/20/15 10:30 PM We will be on TVW. You can find it on their website or click here.] As I mentioned in my last blog post and newsletter, I think it’s necessary to discuss the details about levy reform … Continue reading

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Respectful and Understanding…

More useful advice from the fourth graders of Somerset Elementary School in Bellevue.

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School Levy and Compensation Reform

Two recent articles in the Seattle Times point out one of the remaining key elements of resolving the McCleary “problem”, and it’s a BIG element. Most estimates have the size of the problem at about $3,000,000,000 to $3,500,000,000 ($3 – $3.5 billion) … Continue reading

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School District Compensation and Levy Reform

Last week the Appropriations committee held a hearing on the second half of the McCleary decision; the requirement that the state fund adequate compensation, not local taxpayers. The hearing took over 3 hours and is super-interesting. You can watch it … Continue reading

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Special Session Advice from 4th Graders

I’m not sure what to add to this. This advice comes to you from the 4th graders of Linda Myrick’s class at Somerset Elementary in Bellevue.

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Too Much Testing?

[Update: 5/8/15 added link to AP article “New standardized tests bring technical challenges, concern“] One of the issues that is tangentially budget-related that needs to be addressed during this special session is that of high school graduation requirements and the assessments … Continue reading

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Answers to Popular Education Emails

I’ve been swamped with email on education issues and want to consolidate my responses to a number of popular questions as I think it’ll give a better sense of what my positions are on your issues. I’m hearing about: Basic Education funding, including … Continue reading

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Budget Update and Thoughts on Teacher Compensation and Levy Reform

I write this on Tuesday April 21st. At this point I do not expect that the Legislature will agree on a budget before the regular session ends on Sunday April 26th. The Seattle Times published a lot of articles this … Continue reading

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Week 10 of 4th Grader Advice for Legislators

These advice cards make me smile every time. They’re from Linda Myrick’s 4th graders at Somerset Elementary in Bellevue.

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House and Senate Budget Differences on K12

I’ll be posting a handful of high-level summaries of budget differences with the Senate over the next few days. As usual, K12 is my first post in this sequence. House Democrats are investing $3.2 billion more in K-12 education with … Continue reading

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