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Issaquah School Board Must Change!

 

I am a businesswoman and a mother who has vowed to take on the elitist school board to help necessitate change. 

If a program is beneficial to some, it should be offered to all. 

ISD MUST: 

-Give all children the best education they can, not just to a lucky few. 

-Focus on the special education department and each child. 

-No more taxes! Rely on federal and state tax dollars and the half of a billion dollars already taken out in bonds and levies. 

-Create a complaint and resolution team before formal mediation, and legal fees occur. 

-Supply each child (not just a lucky few) in the district with a computer as other districts around us already do. 

-Set up a clear and concise racism education plan.

-Ensure physical safety for each student.   


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What's Going on

My Declaration of Candidacy

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With great trepidation and excitement, I announce my candidacy to run for ISD School Board Director Seat #5. 


I am passionate and eager to help the District. I can contribute a skill set and perspective that is not represented on the Board. I was a child welfare state social worker; a special education teacher at Schools for the Deaf and Blind; I have fifteen years of experience working in financial management and as a forensic accountant; a licensed private investigator; a certified fraud examiner; a CEO; have been acting prose in court to get dyslexic children taught in ISD; and of most importance I am a mother to six children and have been a foster parent. I value all children and want them to reach their full potential. 


I understand if I gain a seat on the Board I will be the lone voice for change among people who have been on the Board for many years -who have mostly run unopposed. I understand they will fight me and want to keep their homeostasis. I will counter this by being respectful, kind, and giving my dissent when necessary while sharing with the public the big decisions made by the Board that impacts us all. 


It is my goal to open the community's eyes to the problems in the School District so that changes will happen.  


WE CAN DO BETTER IN ISSAQUAH SCHOOL DISTRICT!

Problems

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Many people moved into Issaquah School District because of the accolades of the excellent School District; I was one of those people nine years ago. Five of my children have attended Issaquah School District School. As the years passed, I became more concerned about the decisions of the school board. Parent concerns were not being listened to and resolved adequately causing massive amounts of money to be spent on lawsuits; several schools and some classrooms had better equipment and better-trained teachers; Schools that used a "lottery" system are challenging to get into; Over a half of a billion dollars in levies and bonds have been asked for at alarming rates; tear down of buildings have happened where remodels should have been studied; expensive school fields were built and not used, and the eye-opening final straw that broke the camel's back for me was the failure of the Issaquah School Board was when they denied services to my profoundly dyslexic child and sued me so they wouldn't have to serve my child a minimal education. I have been fighting the school district for services for dyslexic children for the last four years. The saddest thing to me is I am not the only one; families have had to move out of the district for SE services, home-school or send their children to private school on their dime. (See affidavits below) This is not okay. 


As a District, we can do better!

Under my Leadership

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Under my leadership, significant changes will happen in the Issaquah School District.

My plans for making this happen include:

Equitable Educational Opportunities. No matter where a student attends school, they should be able to access the same set of tools and services to achieve their educational goals. 

Complaint and Resolution Team. Conflict is inevitable; Issaquah School District has handled the dispute by throwing attorneys at problems costing substantial amounts of money. Issaquah School District has a considerable number of complaints from parents and an obscene amount spent on attorneys. I want to change how the Issaquah School District has been handling conflicts by addressing existing and potential conflicts before they need formal mediation and legal fees. I want to form a complaint and resolution team to make sure the children are educated, the parents are heard, and less money is spent on court fees. Education disputes can be expensive, but resolving conflicts don't have to be. 

Special Education. Create district standards for testing, evaluating, IEP's, and 504 plans to ensure each special education student's educational benefit. 

Computers.  Supply each child (not just a lucky few) in the district with a computer as other districts around us already do.

Fiscal Accountability. No more bonds and levies. When possible, remodel existing structures instead of building. We must come up with creative new ideas other than creating more taxes.

Racism.  Set up a clear and concise racism education plan.


We must give all children the best education we can, not just to a lucky few.

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No matter where a student attends school they should be able to access the same set of tools and services to achieve their educational goals. 

"Magnet Schools"

It is deplorable in a wealthy and highly educated district a "lottery" system is in place. 


The lotteries in ISD must change and allow every child in the district the same advanced education.   


https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/programs/ScienceTech

Ensure physical safety for each student.

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If a child is not safe, learning cannot take place.   ISD must ensure safety and have a clear and concise discipline plan.

Plans and training for active shooters.

I was impressed when I attended the school board meeting on how the district has planned for an active shooter.   In my opinion their planning is stellar and there is not a lot more we can prepare for.  However, when Skyline had a shooter scare we were able to have a live drill and we learned a few things.

School Bus Safety

School bus safety is current problem.  

Children sit three to a seat with kids sitting in the isle.  

Cars do not follow school bus laws.


We must:

Hire more bus drivers

Use cameras to catch vehicles illegally passing a  stopped school bus 

Require seat belts on school buses

Measles and other cotangents

As 2019 showed us measles is a problem, however, the children were not the carriers the staff were.   Close attention must be given to the staff.    

I believe vaccinations should be a parent and medical doctor's choice, not the school district's.  ISD has in place a policy for children who are not vaccinated.  That policy should stay in effect and parents should be able to decide to vaccinate their children or not.  


All classrooms should have a standing antibacterial station that children can use when they enter a classroom.  

Bullying

Bullying is a current problem in ISD.   Child to child and in some cases staff to child.  

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior  they send the message that it is not acceptable. 

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help  prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school  environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy and discipline plan.

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Troll v. Layna's Husband

 A Troll on Facebook  made me aware that people don't know why I am running for  school board and why I am so passionate about winning this political  race. I haven't wanted to focus on special education in my campaign  because so many changes need to be made. So... please read what my  husband said to the unnamed troll. If you haven't voted please vote for  me. 

My Promises

 -Give all children the best education they can, not just a lucky few. 

-Focus on the special education department and each individual child. 

-No more taxes!

-Create a complaint and resolution team before formal mediation and legal fees occur.   

-Supply each child (not just a lucky few) in the district with a computer as other districts around us already do.  

-Set up a clear and concise racism education plan. 

Parent Affidavits

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Special Education in ISD

Teaching a special education child is of utmost importance. The state and federal government give extra money to school districts to adequately teach each disabled child. ISD  has a long record of ignoring special education children; This is blatant educational malpractice and is putting the District at considerable risk for lawsuits and potential ruling of repayment of funds to the federal government because ISD did not use the money for the betterment of the SE children, not to mention the long term ramifications to children who are not adequately taught. I have been fighting ISD for seven years now trying to get dyslexic children educated in ISD.  And this is another reason why I am running for School Board so that I can make changes at the top.  


You may say it is only Layna that has had this experience with her daughter in special education, sadly not! WE CAN DO BETTER!


Read these affidavits.

 

A mother who refuses to even allow her child start school because of the track record of ISD.

Parents who had no choice but to put their child in private school at their expense.

A family who had to move out of the district to get services for their children.

 

https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/fb11475c-0401-4668-9e0f-678d4d8cecaa/downloads/p.pdf?ver=1560799963

Autistic child who has been screwed by ISD to the extent future placement harm has occurred.

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