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December 15, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Base teacher pay on local market rates? Issaquah lawmaker says yes

Rep. Chad Magendanz, the ranking Republican on the state House education committee, wants to pay teachers based on local market rates and likes the idea of sending a recent class-size initiative back to voters with a price tag — and a proposed source of funding.

Those are among the ideas the Issaquah lawmaker talked about during on a visit to The Seattle Times last week.

Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah

Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah

State lawmakers, he said, will be hard pressed to find enough money to cover what’s required under the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, as well as the new class-size initiative that voters passed in November. He also pushed for a host of teacher compensation reforms, not just local labor market adjustments but also better raises for teachers earlier in their careers.

Here are Magendanz’s thoughts on some big issues facing Washington education today:

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