Kathy George Provides Expertise to KING-5 Investigation

KING-5 TV is airing a major investigative report taking Washington State to task for ongoing and widespread underfunding of special education. Kathy was interviewed on camera in the first report, which aired May 9, along with others, including the State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“It’s a very deliberate and conscious choice to underfund special education for financial reasons,” she said in the interview.

Public Meetings Act in the News

The Seattle Times quoted Kathy George regarding Washington State’s Open Public Meetings Act in a lead story on February 9. The story can be found here.

Johnston George Represents Buyer of Crystal Mountain

Johnston George recently acted as legal counsel for John Kircher in his acquisition of Crystal Mountain, Inc. from Boyne Resorts. The transaction, valued at approximately $40 million, makes Crystal one of the few large locally-owned and -managed ski resorts in the country.
Following its announcement by Crystal, the deal has been reported by various news sources.
John Kircher Acquires Crystal Mountain
The Tacoma News Tribune
The Olympian
The Seattle Times
Puget Sound Business Journal
Powder Magazine
Snocountry blog
SnowBrains blog

Scot Johnston previously represented Boyne in its acquisition of Crystal, and in the purchase of Cypress Mountain in British Columbia.

Kathy George Fights for Student’s Service Dog

Johnston George recently brought a suit against the Lake Washington School District to keep a boy’s service dog with him in school. “The district should have a general policy of supporting these service dogs when they are needed,” said Kathy George in a KIRO TV report on the case.

Watch and read KIRO TV’s report on the case at this link.

Kathy George Honored by The Arc of King County

The Arc of King County presented Kathy George with its annual “Living Our Legacy” award at a banquet on April 8, 2017. The organization recognized her as “A public interest attorney in Washington state who is moving mountains in legislation on behalf of students with disabilities and their right to an education.”

In accepting the award, Kathy spoke of her work with The Arc as friend of the court in the landmark McCleary case regarding public funding of basic education. On behalf of The Arc and its partner organizations, she is advocating to end arbitrary per-student and per-district limitations on special education funding.

Founded in 1936, The Arc of King County is the oldest non-profit organization serving individuals with intellectual and development disabilities in the Greater Puget Sound area, and one of the oldest such organizations in the United States. It is run by knowledgeable professionals who advocate and serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Kathy George Advocates for Special Education Students

As reported on KNKX radio (NPR) and in the Seattle Times, Johnston George recently filed an amicus brief in the Washington Supreme Court’s landmark McCleary case on behalf of advocates for children with disabilities. A copy of the brief can be read or downloaded here

Earlier this summer, the Spokane Statesman-Review noted Kathy George’s work, pressing for Washington State to provide adequate funding for special education. The effort has met with a degree of success, as reported in a subsequent newspaper story. As a result, special education students will have more resources available to them. The effort to secure the full amount required continues.