Monthly Archives: March 2017

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    Carlyle announces state funding for Magnolia, Queen Anne & Ballard schools

Carlyle announces state funding for Magnolia, Queen Anne & Ballard schools

March 30th, 2017|

Senate budget includes $20.1M for Seattle Schools as House negotiations begin

OLYMPIA – In addition to nearly $1.1 billion for school construction statewide, Seattle Public Schools would receive a special allocation of $20.1 million dollars for school construction projects in the 2017 capital budget passed by the Washington State Senate, according to Sen. Reuven Carlyle.

“As Seattle grows, thousands of additional kids are filling our schools each year and we need to add classrooms,” said Carlyle.  “I’m excited that the Senate budget includes key funding to reopen Magnolia Elementary School, improve Queen Anne Elementary and complete Loyal Heights and much more.”

“We need to get kids out of portables throughout our district and into real classrooms where young minds can thrive in healthy learning environments,” said Carlyle.  “Quality classrooms and space is part of our state’s paramount duty of a good education.”

The Seattle Public School District has indicated it plans to use the funds for distressed schools to build six additional classrooms at Magnolia Elementary School and 10 additional classrooms at West Woodlands Elementary School.

$1.9 million will also be allocated to Loyal Heights Elementary School through the School Construction Assistance Program.

Video Update – March 30, 2017

March 30th, 2017|

A brief update on the 2017 legislative session from 36th Legislative District Senator Reuven Carlyle.

Video Update – March 13, 2017

March 13th, 2017|

A brief update on the 2017 legislative session from 36th Legislative District Sen. Reuven Carlyle.

Video Update – March 9, 2017

March 9th, 2017|

A brief update on the 2017 legislative session from 36th Legislative District Sen. Reuven Carlyle.

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    Legislature takes key step forward on education with Senate passage of ‘levy cliff’ bill to prevent loss of levy dollars

Legislature takes key step forward on education with Senate passage of ‘levy cliff’ bill to prevent loss of levy dollars

March 9th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate passed a major bill to prevent the loss of hundreds of millions in local levy dollars currently funding schools. Addressing Senate Bill 5023, extending Washington state’s impending “levy cliff,” Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, released the following statement:

“I am thankful that our colleagues heeded the call of countless parents, teachers, and school administrators to prevent the single largest cut to public schools in state history. As a father of students who attend Seattle schools, I understood firsthand the stakes for families in our district.

“Just this week, Seattle Public Schools was forced to send out notification to schools across the district preparing for a $74 million budget shortfall. This legislation averts what would have been a massive disruption in the education of our students and gives school districts certainty for the coming year.

“With the ‘levy cliff’ issue resolved, the Legislature must not waste any further time in fulfilling our paramount Constitutional duty to fully and fairly fund a world-class education system for every Washington student.”

Video: Sen. Carlyle on the passing of Rep. Helen Sommers

March 7th, 2017|

Watch Sen. Reuven Carlyle’s remarks on the passing of his predecessor Rep. Helen Sommers.

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    36th Legislative District legislators respond to Seattle Public Schools budget shortfall

36th Legislative District legislators respond to Seattle Public Schools budget shortfall

March 6th, 2017|

Seattle Public Schools is facing a $74 million budget shortfall and may be forced to increase class sizes, cut special programming and disrupt staffing as described in a letter sent out from the district.

“I am so sad that we haven’t been able to fix the levy cliff in time to prevent these changes from being enacted,” said Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle. “We will keep working to fully fund education this session to prevent any cuts from happening.”

Passed out of the House over a month ago, SHB 1059 would have extended levy capacity for school districts but the measure has stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.

“As a father of four kids in Seattle schools, I’m also frustrated that the state Legislature hasn’t yet made sufficient progress on fulfilling our paramount duty,” said Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle. “We are at a critical juncture to fully fund K-12 in our state and the Legislature has fallen far short. We’ve unnecessarily placed our state’s school districts in danger by failing to simply allow them to protect their own local levy money while the Legislature struggles to find a workable solution. My indefatigable colleagues Reps. Tarleton, Frame and I are adamant that we will keep pushing until the Legislature secures an ample, equitable, and sustainable future for our kids’ education. We are better than this as a state.”

In addition to the cuts facing Seattle Public Schools, nearly every district in the state is also preparing for cuts in the coming months if a levy solution fails to pass out of the full Legislature.

“Again and again we have asked our Republican colleagues in the Senate to pass the ‘Levy Cliff’ bill to avoid this massive disruption to our children’s education. They have refused to take up the legislation, despite our urgency, and our requests to honor the promise we made to school districts across the state,” said Rep. Noel Frame, D-Seattle. “Now we see the consequences of their inaction. Today our schools are being asked to plan for the worst. They are getting ready for larger class sizes and teachers moving from school to school at the beginning of the school year.  This problem is avoidable. This does not have to happen. The Senate can avoid this disruption to our children’s learning by passing this simple and straight forward fix. They should do the right thing, and if they don’t, they should be held accountable.”

36th Legislative District town hall to be held March 11

March 3rd, 2017|

Who: State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, State Rep. Gael Tarleton, and State Rep. Noel Frame (36th Legislative District)

What: Town hall meeting

When: 11:00 AM –  12:30 PM Saturday, March 11th

Where: Leif Erikson Lodge 2245 NW 57th St. Seattle, WA 98107

Why: To meet with constituents to discuss issues and answer their questions about the current legislative session.

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    Video: Sen. Carlyle on Safe Injection Sites and State Preemption

Video: Sen. Carlyle on Safe Injection Sites and State Preemption

March 3rd, 2017|

Watch Sen. Reuven Carlyle’s remarks on the floor during the SB 5223 debate concerning the statewide prohibition of safe injection sites.