Tacoma School Board member Catherine Ushka will run for a second term on the board. Ushka was elected to her current six-year term in 2009.
Ushka, who is seeking Position 2, says she is running for a second term because while Tacoma Public Schools has made significant strides, there is still a long way to go.
“We have an amazing community surrounding students in our city,” she said in a news release. “We need to complete carrying out the vision of equity and success. That work is not yet finished.”
During Ushka’s term, the board completed the first strategic plan in over a decade. Graduation rates increased from 55 to 78 percent and Ushka helped champion Tacoma’s successful effort to become the first state-designated innovative school district in Washington.
“When I was elected in 2009, we were facing millions of dollars in budget cuts, a lack of transparency, and no plan for improvement,” Ushka said. “Today we have a clear strategic plan, are making significant progress on our goals and have created several policies to help ensure that students have greater support and opportunities to succeed.”
Ushka said goals for her next term include closing the achievement gaps between ethnic and racial groups and continuing to focus on the 22 percent of Tacoma high school students who don’t graduate.
“We have come this far because there has been an authentic focus on finding what works” she said. “I believe this community deserves a top-quality education system, and I am committed to seeing that we get there.“
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