Statement from House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen on upcoming teacher strikes

April 18, 2015
CONTACT: John Handy, Communications Director – (360) 786-5758

 Statement from House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen
on upcoming teacher strikes 

It’s disappointing to hear that teachers will be striking next week. This will hurt students and inconvenience families. It’s also illegal under state law.

“Both Republicans and Democrats are proposing to make landmark investments in K-12 education, including class-size reduction, all-day kindergarten and teacher raises. Final budget negotiations are underway and it’s clear our public schools are the number one priority.

There are several ways teachers can influence the legislative process, including calling, e-mailing and writing state lawmakers, and participating in town hall meetings. Many Washingtonians who couldn’t miss work to come to Olympia have made a difference in their citizen Legislature.

It’s also disappointing to see all of the misinformation being spread. I know many teachers understand the facts, but don’t feel comfortable speaking out. It’s very unfortunate.

This issue comes down to whether or not to raise taxes by 1.5 billion dollars, which is what the Democrats and governor are demanding. Our state will have an additional 3 billion dollars in revenue this upcoming budget cycle without tax increases. This is enough money to make critical investments in K-12 education and other priorities of state government.”


For more information about Rep. Kristiansen, visit:

Washington State House Republican Communications
461 John L. O’Brien Building
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600

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