Chris Reykdal

WA School Superintendent Challenged By Latino Leader

Oct 12, 2020
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Washington State Superintendent Chris Reykdal faces a challenge from Maia Espinoza as he runs for a second term.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has released what he calls a “decision tree” to help school districts decide how to teach students this fall.

The governor has three levels of recommendations, including for districts in counties with higher Covid spread rates.

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Washington’s state school superintendent say students are going back to school this fall. On Thursday, Chris Reykdal announced his coronavirus advice for school districts.

Later in the day, the Community Colleges of Spokane became the latest institution of higher education to announce that they, too, will welcome students back to the classroom this fall.

Covid has greatly complicated the process of teaching students and keeping them safe.

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On February 13, a dozen Spokane County school districts will ask their patrons to approve local maintenance and operations levies. Those dollars supplement what districts get from the state. It’s always a nail-biting exercise for administrators because, if voters say no, they’ve got to find a way to run their schools without that extra money.

Idaho legislature

The Washington and Idaho legislatures go back into session next Monday. For most of us in our daily lives, this doesn’t mean much, except that the laws and policies adopted in Olympia and Boise trickle down to us at home.

Inland Journal, Dec. 21, 2017

Dec 21, 2017

Inland Journal for December 14, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:

    ▪    The Spokane City Council has approved a campaign finance ordinance that will govern campaign contributions in city races. We’ll hear some of the testimony from Monday night’s hearing.
    ▪    The Washington legislature will again be asked to approve more money for schools during its next session. We’ll get a short lesson about school funding from state school superintendent Chris Reykdal.
    ▪    And we’ll hear about efforts to ensure low-income members of Spokane’s Marshallese community can access subsidized health care.

Chris Reykdal Talks About Washington School Financing

Dec 21, 2017
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

And now, a short civics lesson about school funding in Washington and what’s next. The light is at the end of the tunnel for Washington legislators as far as public school funding goes and satisfying a mandate from the state Supreme Court to spend more money for schools. State superintendent Chris Reykdal says the court has signed off on the legislature’s remedy. That includes raising the state property tax next year.

As part of this conversation we ask Reykdal: where does all the money Washington spends for schools come from?

Inland Journal, June 15, 2017

Jun 15, 2017

This week on Inland Journal, we’ll hear excerpts from an Idaho Supreme Court hearing over whether the governor’s veto of a bill repealing the state grocery tax is legal. We’ll talk with Washington state school Superintendent Chris Reykdal about his vision of the state’s schools. We talk about the results of the annual homeless census in Spokane. And the head of the Upper Columbia United Tribes talks about this week’s ceremony in Kettle Falls honoring salmon and their role in Native life.

During the next two weeks, we’re going to hear plenty in the news about the progress or lack of that Washington’s legislative leaders are making in writing a new state budget. June 30 is the end of the state’s fiscal year. If there’s no budget, there’s no money and the government will have to cut back to the most basic services.

Most of the state budget goes to K-12 education. And you’ve probably heard reference to something called McCleary. That’s the name of the plaintiff in an education funding lawsuit that went to the state supreme court. We asked the state’s new school superintendent, Chris Reykdal, to tell us what he thinks parents and taxpayers think McCleary really means.