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Powerful Schools Chief Appointed to State Board of Education

Tre’ Maxie, the executive director of Powerful Schools – a Rainier Valley organization dedicated to reducing the achievement gap in Seattle’s public schools – has been appointed to the Washington State Board of Education (SBE).

The SBE provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education, and is comprised of 16 members: five are elected by school board directors, seven are appointed by the Governor, two serve as student representatives, and one serves as a private school representative.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is also a member.

Tre’s appointment fills a Board vacancy left by departing member Warren Smith of Spanaway, who was previously elected to the State Board by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The Board’s recent work includes the approval of a new career and college-ready graduation requirements framework and developing the first Washington State intervention policy into our persistently lowest-achieving schools.

The SBE meets six times a year, allowing Tre’ to continue his leadership of Powerful Schools, while taking on a more formal role in ensuring a high quality, equitable education for the more than one million children enrolled in schools throughout the State.

Tre’ had the opportunity to meet President Obama during his most recent visit to Seattle and was able to chat briefly with him about education, Powerful Schools and the state of the economy. Photos/Powerful Schools