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.