OLYMPIA — Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, was recommended recently to chair the renamed senate PreK-12 Education Committee.
“I am honored to be selected by the Senate Committee on Committees to chair the PreK-12 Education Committee. My passion is providing educational opportunities for our littlest learners and children in our PreK and K-12 schools,” McAuliffe said. “What I want for my 15 grandchildren, ages 3–22, I want for all children. I have fought for education in this state for 35 years and I am excited to be re-elected to continue our fight to provide a high quality education for all students.I appreciate the confidence my colleagues have in my leadership and ability to serve.”
McAuliffe said she will:
• Work to fully fund basic education because it is our paramount duty and responsibility to our kids and is confirmed by the McCleary decision;
• Invest in preschool and all-day kindergarten and support our littlest learners through third grade. This ensures children’s long-term success;
• Continue leadership to expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with the goal of establishing Washington as the number one educator and provider of STEM employees. This includes expanding STEM education to grades K through 12 and linking them to the high demand local jobs; and
• Continue to support the expansion of the Teacher Principal Evaluation System to ensure a high quality teacher in every classroom.