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Franklin Pierce schools honor Dammeier’s community leadership

Published on May 20, 2014
Franklin Pierce School District Superintendent Frank Hewins presents Sen. Bruce Dammeier with the Community Leadership Award.

Franklin Pierce School District Superintendent Frank Hewins presents Sen. Bruce Dammeier with the Community Leadership Award. – Photo courtesy of the Franklin Pierce School District.

Sen. Bruce Dammeier was honored on Friday by the Franklin Pierce School District with its Community Leadership Award through the Washington Association of School Administrators. Dammeier, who serves as vice-chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, was recognized for focusing on and advocating for K-12 education as well as his outreach to local school administrators to address their needs and utilize their experience.

“Senator Dammeier has been and continues to be an advocate for public education and has strongly supported the hard work taking place in the Franklin Pierce School District,” said Superintendent Frank Hewins. “His regular and open communication is a refreshing and helpful departure from the norm among policy makers in Olympia.”

Ahead of the 2014 session Dammeier worked with staff from Washington High School in the Franklin Pierce District to develop a proposal for a statewide competitive grant program to improve science, technology, engineering and math facilities.

“The best way for us to improve public education from the state level is to listen to the incredible teachers, principals and administrators who are working at the ground level to educate our students,” said Dammeier, R-Puyallup. “Their insight is invaluable when making decisions in Olympia. I sincerely appreciate their commendation, but even more so am thankful for their willingness to share their time and expertise with me.”

Before entering the Legislature in 2009, Dammeier served on the Puyallup School Board and volunteered as a tutor. During his time in the House of Representatives and Senate he has worked to: improve the state’s teacher evaluation system; emphasize reading at grade level by the third grade; increase funding for K-12 education; and strengthen high school graduation requirements to better prepare students for college and career.

“Understanding that draft legislation is rarely ‘ready for prime time’ Senator Dammeier makes the effort and takes the time to reach out to area superintendents for feedback to get a better handle on the implications a bill will have on local districts and schools,” continued Hewins.



Dammeier guides annual prayer breakfast

Published on March 11, 2014

More than 500 community leaders and elected officials joined together Friday morning for the 73rd annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Olympia. Sen. Bruce Dammeier served as the master of ceremonies along with Rep. Drew Hansen of Bainbridge Island.

“While it’s easy to get caught up in the hectic legislative session, it’s incredibly important to step away and gain perspective on the work we do,” said Dammeier, of Puyallup.

About 250 college students from the Washington Student Leadership Forum also attended the event, which coincided with the organization’s annual forum. Dammeier met with a group of 20 students to discuss faith and politics during lunch

The gathering included prayer, music and scripture readings with legislators from both sides of the aisle and the Senate and House of Representatives along with statewide community leaders.

“The legislators, student speakers, musicians, Governor Inslee and Hattie Kauffman combined to make it a very powerful program,” continued Dammeier.

Kauffman, a former CBS and ABC journalist and the first Native American to report news on a national television broadcast, delivered the keynote speech.

The program began in 1941 by former Governor Arthur Langley and has been a growing tradition for people from throughout the state to join in worship.


Dammeier supports Senate’s bipartisan budget plan

Published on February 27, 2014

Sen. Dammeier speaking on the Senate floor.

Sen. Bruce Dammeier extended his support to the Senate’s supplemental operating budget proposal, which was approved today by the Washington State Senate. The plan updates the Legislature’s two-year budget that went into effect in 2013. Today’s successful legislation does not raise taxes and prioritizes science, technology, engineering and math skills and opportunities for students and job creators.

“This year’s focus is on not disrupting the good work lawmakers did last year while improving opportunities for students to learn high-demand skills,” said Dammeier, who serves on the Senate Ways and Means Committee. “Investing in K-12 classroom technology will better prepare students for continued education and careers in the STEM fields.”

The Senate spending plan includes $38 million for K-12 classroom technology, enabling schools to invest in upgrades that best fit their needs. The budget also directs $97 million toward increasing credits required for high-school graduation, which was called for in a bill co-sponsored by Dammeier to better prepare students for college and career.

“Education is our state’s paramount responsibility and that is highlighted in this proposal,” continued Dammeier. “Almost 80% of new spending from revenue growth goes toward education. This builds upon the progress we made last year to turn around the education funding woes of the past 30 years.”

The plan was approved overwhelmingly with a 41-8 vote and is now transmitted to the House of Representatives for consideration. Lawmakers will spend the last two weeks of the 2014 session building consensus on a final budget plan before adjournment on March 13.


25th District town-hall meetings on Feb. 22

Published on February 12, 2014

Town Hall Meeting

Senator Bruce Dammeier will be hosting two 25th District town-hall meetings next week. The sessions will include a brief update on the 2014 legislative session currently underway with the majority of the time dedicated to hearing from constituents and answering questions.

  • What: Town-hall meetings with 25th District State Senator Bruce Dammeier
  • When: Saturday, February 22nd at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Where: Fife Library at 6622 20th St E, Fife, WA 98424 (11 a.m.) and the Puyallup Library at 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 (2 p.m.).

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Join me Wednesday for a telephone town-hall meeting

Published on January 24, 2014

Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, will host a telephone town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 and he encourages all 25th District residents to participate.

The hour-long community conversation is much like an interactive radio program, during which listeners are encouraged to ask questions or just listen to the conversation about state and local issues important to their community.

On the evening of the teleforum, participants may call toll-free 1-877-229-8493 and when prompted, enter pin number 14998 to join the call.