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The Foley Institute Coffee & Politics Series

The politics of education in Washington state


RandyA lifelong resident of Washington state, Randy Dorn has been an elementary and middle school teacher, a principal and a legislator. For nine years he was executive director of Public School Employees of Washington, the second largest educational employee’s organization in Washington state.

In 2008, Dorn was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction. In his years as state superintendent, he has replaced the existing state assessment system with a shorter system, argued successfully against cuts to education funding, expanded early learning opportunities for all students and championed an updated teacher and principal evaluation system. He also established partnerships with major businesses, including Microsoft and Boeing, to help students gain real world skills they can apply to the job market or the classroom.

Dorn and his wife, Kaye, live in Eatonville and have three grown sons.

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