School Board recognized for their role as champions of public education
School Board Recognition Month

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation designating January as School Board Recognition Month in Washington for the state's 295 school districts and setting the month aside as an excellent time for schools, staff, students, parents and the community to thank school board members for all the hard work they do on behalf of students.

School board directors play a crucial role in promoting student learning and achievement by creating a vision, establishing policies and budgets, and setting clear standards of accountability for the school systems they oversee.

School board directors contribute hundreds of volunteer hours each year making decisions aimed at promoting student achievement. School board directors have a multitude of responsibilities, including vision- and goal-setting, establishing standards for what students should learn, adopting policies and budgets, and working as a team with administrators, teachers, parents, students and the community to foster a safe and productive learning environment. School directors also serve as champions for public education, advocating on behalf of students and districts in their communities and with policymakers and legislators at the state and federal levels.

In Tacoma, the five school board directors are elected to six-year terms. In 2020, the board members updated their five-year strategic plan and benchmarks that have improved academic performance and closed graduation gaps for the district of nearly 30,000 students. Also in 2020, the board earned a prestigious Board of Distinction Award from the Washington State School Directors Association for the fourth time in five years.

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About Tacoma Schools

Tacoma Public Schools is the only district designated an Innovation Zone by Washington State. A leader in implementing innovative schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of every student, every day, TPS serves approximately 30,000 students from preschool to grade 12 and at nearly 5000 employees is one of the largest employers in Tacoma. Learn more...


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