Welcome

Welcome!  My name is Chris Reykdal and I hope to earn your support as I seek the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).  I want to be your voice and leader overseeing our state’s K-12 public education system.  Washington is one of only thirteen states that elects this position – a powerful notion for a state with the strongest constitutional obligation to our public schools.  Our founders clearly wanted our chief of schools to be independent of the Governor so they established the Superintendent role to be directly accountable to voters.  With the partisanship of contemporary politics, our founders made a wise choice!

I was born and raised in Snohomish Washington and I still cherish that small town upbringing.  My wife (Kim) and I are raising our family in historic Tumwater Washington.  I grew up the youngest of eight children.  It was my public education that gave me a chance to break the cycle of poverty.  In school and on the athletic fields I was not a low-income kid, or the son of recovering alcoholics, or any of the other labels that hold us back.  I was simply a hard working student, and with the support of my family, teachers, and our community, everything was possible for me.  I went on to be the first in my family to go straight to college.  I put myself through college with multiple jobs, scholarships, grants, and student loans.  The truth is, nobody does this alone.  I am the beneficiary of a state and a community that was committed to giving me opportunity.  That is the very definition of public education – the great equalizer.  I have dedicated my entire life to public education so that I can break down barriers to ensure that every child, regardless of income, gender, race, ethnicity or geography has the same shot at success that was given to me.

This race is personal for me!  I began my professional career as a school teacher, I’ve served on a local school board, and I’ve spent the last thirteen years as an executive in our State’s public community and technical college system.  I have experienced education in this state from nearly every perspective.  I was elected to the State Legislature five years ago and I currently serve as Vice-chair of the House Education Committee.  I also serve on the House Higher Education Committee and the House Finance Committee.  My wife is also a former classroom teacher and is currently a career and college readiness counselor at Olympia High School.  She also serves as a current school board member in the Tumwater District.  Our family eats, sleeps, and breaths high quality public education every day!  If elected, I will be the first OSPI director in more than 20 years whose children will actually be in our public K-12 system subject to the policies, decisions, and outcomes of my leadership.  The stakes are high for my kids, your kids, our economy, and our shared future.  

I hope you will take the time to read through some critical policy values I hold and a more in-depth resume.  Mostly, I hope you will engage in this critical race.  There is nothing more democratic, more forward thinking, or more critical to the future of our state than our excellent K-12 public school system.


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  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-16 14:46:16 -0700
    Welcome to the best SPI candidate's website! Join me in supporting one who truly understands public education and kids!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-16 14:45:53 -0700
    Welcome to the best SPI candidate's website! Join me in supporting one who truly understands public education and kids!
  • commented 2016-04-11 20:03:45 -0700
    I am very excited about a candidate who cares so much and whose children are in the public school system also. What is your stance on charter schools? I have seen them well run in California and making a difference for ALL students-whether rich or poor, with well-educated parents or not…I feel they help make traditional schools better simply by competition. Public schools must offer lower class sizes and better curriculum if the charter schools do. There are so many pluses. My children have done both traditional and charters. I like the option of charters. It opens up new possibilities depending on the charter. If it is a more math-based charter, art-based, or science-based, for a few examples, it can lead to interests the children did not know they had. My youngest definitely got exposed to more science and social studies at the charter she was previously at—simply because class sizes were small and funding was allocated differently. What my youngest learned and was exposed to-was wonderful. I wish all Washington students could have the same education she had in those few years she was at the charter. There are many wonderful traditional schools in Washington—but charter schools that are well-run open up a whole new world that parents in this area want. Thank you.
  • commented 2016-04-09 09:45:26 -0700
    I’ve never heard an elected leader so clearly articulate why corporate education reformers attack public education and public educators. We’re behind you, Chris!
  • commented 2016-04-03 19:11:49 -0700
    I know Chris’s passion on education an
  • commented 2016-03-25 18:18:56 -0700
    This work is immense; and I am proud to be fighting the corporate reform agenda alongside you, Chris. We know you know how to build bridges (even after political fallout) and I look forward to organizing around the issues you are able to bring up. I’m so excited for someone like you in the Old Capitol Building. Solidarity!
  • commented 2016-03-15 22:36:21 -0700
    Hey Chris,

    Great job in Lyle, WA (Now everyone will wonder, Lyle?)

    Please don’t think my complimenting you on your legislative achievements and your contribute there, as greatly appreciated, is where I think you can best serve, but only an expression of of loss to no longer having you there.

    Looking forward to all you can give to the position of Superintendent of Public Schools for the Great State of Washington

    Thank you for standing for the office, we all will benefit by having you there
  • commented 2015-10-16 14:23:40 -0700
    Chris in 2016! Why? The time he spoke at local teacher rallies in Olympia, and the last two times to retired teachers’ groups, it was abundantly clear that he is passionate and transparent about what he believes. He is visionary, schooled in real politics, able to work with any and all players, and he’s insightful about the issues, challenges facing teachers, families, students and “the system” of education. He welcomes questions and responds with historical context, integrity, and a plan. He gets the McCleary decision in its entirety. He sees all things in context and can articulate all the above with sincerity and NO NOTES…unlike many candidates who rely on notes to tell them what they think.
    I KNOW he’ll advocate for all aspects of education, work with other states as well, and truly use his ‘bully pulpit’ to bring common sense, in contrast to pure ideology, to the table.
  • commented 2015-10-15 17:39:35 -0700
    I have 4 grandchildren in or headed to Washington Public Schools and I am inspired by Chris Reykdal’s obvious passion for improving Washington Schools and the enthusiasm for his candidacy I am hearing expressed by his colleagues in the State Legislature
  • commented 2015-09-30 18:41:34 -0700
    I’m in! You’ve been an amazing rep and I’m so excited for you to be our state’s superintedant.
  • commented 2015-09-28 17:59:47 -0700
    I am very interested in where you stand with common core and “Agenda 21” aka “Sustainable Development”, in the classroom.

    I recommend this reading from mom/teacher, and look forward to a response that I can share with others on social media and in person.

    https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/read-the-full-text-of-agenda-21-educational-systems-to-be-supplanted-by-environmental-agenda/#comments

    Thanks, and good luck! =)
  • commented 2015-08-05 15:49:50 -0700
    Thrilled to hear this news!
  • commented 2015-07-30 14:29:14 -0700
    Excellent talent for this elected position!
  • commented 2015-07-30 11:42:07 -0700
    With this announcement, I am hopeful about being an educator again!