OLYMPIA – Public schools across Washington would be able to have more paraeducators in schools to better meet student needs, under legislation passed by the House Thursday on an overwhelming bipartisan vote. SB 5882 would increase the staff allocation for paraeducators in the prototypical school funding model. “Paraeducators are crucial in our public education system,” said Sen. Derek Stanford (D-Bothell), the bill’s prime sponsor. “Paraeducators help students overcome barriers to education — whether from learning gaps, pandemic learning loss, or special needs. They provide important one-on-one and small group instruction that tailors education to each student. I want all our students to have more of this support to help them succeed and excel.” Many school districts are currently facing cuts, said Stanford, ...Read More
About Sen. Stanford
Sen. Derek Stanford, who has been a member of the Senate since 2019, serves as Leadership Liaison to Tribal Nations for the Senate Democrats and chairs the Senate Business, Financial Services, Gaming & Trade Committee.
Stanford served in the Washington House of Representatives from 2011-2019, where he was the chair of the House Commerce & Gaming Committee.
Outside the Senate, Stanford runs a small business specializing in analytics solutions and statistical consulting. Previously, he has served as director of analytics at companies specializing in fraud detection and customer insights. He has also worked as a research scientist at a software company, where he served as principal investigator on a research project for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).
Stanford earned a PhD in Statistics at the University of Washington, following an MS in Mathematics at Claremont Graduate University and a BS in Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College.
Read Sen. Stanford’s full biography here.
Sen. Stanford in the News
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