Eastside students invited to join Senate page program

December 26, 2014

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Dec. 26, 2014

Students between the ages of 14 and 16 are invited to participate in the Senate page program, where each year hundreds of students from throughout Washington state get a firsthand look at how the legislative process works.

“The page program is an incredible educational opportunity and a great chance to learn from other students from different parts of the state,” said Sen. Steve Litzow, who represents Mercer Island, Bellevue, Beaux Arts, Issaquah, Newcastle, Renton and Sammamish. “Being able to participate directly in the legislative process can inspire our state’s future leaders.”

Students spend one week in Olympia, where they attend page school, hear directly from state lawmakers and other officials, and assist with proceedings on the Senate floor during debate and voting.

Interested students living in the 41st District are encouraged to apply by submitting an application to Litzow’s office for the 2015 session that runs from January through April.

Learn more or get an application by calling the Legislative Information Center at 800-562-6000 toll free; go to SenatorLitzow.com and select “Page Program;” or email SenatePageProgram@leg.wa.gov.

Issaquah School District puts laid off teachers on recall list

June 3, 2011

With the approval of the state biennial budget, the Renton and Issaquah school districts are in a budget crunch.

Class sizes will not increase in the Issaquah district next year, and although the Renton district has not yet determined whether it will need to increase class sizes, officials said they hope not to.

Laying off teachers is also an option, but Renton district spokesman Randy Matheson said it is one district officials hope to avoid.

“Our intent is not to do either of those things,” Matheson said.

He said district officials will need to discuss the situation with its unionized employees. Alternatives to cutting pay could include reducing the money the district stows away in its emergency savings or leaving open positions unfilled.

“We’ve got some things to come to the table with, but we’ve got to have those discussions,” Matheson said.

The state Legislature approved the budget May 24.

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Newcastle state Senate race appears headed for recount

November 18, 2010

NEW — 12 p.m. Nov. 18, 2010

The last undecided race to represent Newcastle in Olympia appears to be headed for a recount.

State Sen. Randy Gordon trailed challenger Steve Litzow by more than 1,000 votes in the days after the Nov. 2 election. In the 15 days since the campaign ended, the gap between the Democrat Gordon and Republican Litzow has slimmed to 142 votes.

Under state law, a machine recount is required if the difference between the candidates is less than 2,000 votes and also less than one-half of 1 percent of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.

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