Tacoma mayor talks about Hilltop education-housing project on “Meet the Press”

Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma touted a Tacoma Housing Authority program for family and educational stability during an appearance Sunday morning on NBC-TV’s “Meet the Press.”

Strickland joined Mayors Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City and Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh during a new feature on the show called “Who Needs Washington?” The segment looks at what U.S. cities are doing well and what Washington, D.C., can learn from them.

Strickland spoke to the show’s new host, Chuck Todd, about the McCarver Elementary School Special Housing Program, whose goal is to boost learning by keeping families in the same home and, therefore, keep students at the same school.

“We’re basically trying to address the fact that for a lot of students who aren’t doing well in elementary school, it’s mobility,” Strickland told Todd during the four-minute segment.

The program offers housing vouchers to Hilltop families that allow children to stay enrolled at McCarver Elementary School. It also encourages self-sufficiency and parental commitment to their children’s education.

Strickland and the other mayors also spoke briefly about overcoming partisanship at the municipal level.

“I would say that as mayor, you are about being an ambassador and bringing people together,” she said. “So you have an opportunity to keep focused on the goal and not get bogged down in the partisanship of what can happen.”