Last year, state Rep. Jeannie Darneille used her position as vice-chair of the House Ways & Means Committee to save the state Work Study program from being cut.
As a professor at Pacific Lutheran University, I know that many of my students depend on Work Study to attend PLU. I also know that at our public institutions like the University of Washington Tacoma, an even greater number of students depend on this program to make their dreams of attending college a reality.
Not only is Darneille committed to Work Study, but also during last year’s budget process, she worked to save the Readiness to Learn program, which provides a number of important services to low-income K-12 students and families.
Darneille is best known for her legislative work preserving the social safety net and improving our health care system, but I believe that her expertise and strong track regarding our education system is vastly underrated. I’d like to encourage 27th District voters to keep this in mind when voting for our next state senator, and to strongly consider joining me in supporting Darneille.