2023 Legislators of the year: Reps. Maycumber and Street, and Sen. Wellman
“These lawmakers distinguished themselves through bipartisan leadership and foresight,” said Washington STEM CEO, Lynne K. Varner. “Their work dramatically improves the landscape for early child care and education, as well as boosts the opportunities and career pathways available to Washington’s high school graduates.”
Rep. Chipalo Street (37th District) supported a funding proviso for the Department of Children, Youth and Families that will support production of new early learning data dashboards.
Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber (7th District) led a bipartisan effort to pass a bill for five regional pilot apprenticeships programs (HB 1013) that will develop collaborative partnerships between local schools, community or technical colleges, labor unions, registered apprenticeships programs and local industry groups. See her acceptance speech.
Sen. Lisa Wellman (41st District) sponsored legislation concerning High School and Beyond Planning (SB 5243) to develop an online platform so students across the state will have equitable access to after-high school planning resources regardless of their zip code. See her acceptance speech.
Washington STEM’s Legislator of the Year Award is presented annually to members of the State Legislature who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in advancing legislation and policies that promote excellence, innovation, and equity in science, technology, engineering, and math education for all Washington students, especially those furthest from opportunity.