SEATTLE — Legislation passed today by the Senate would allow expanded transportation services when schools provide remote instruction during emergencies. SB 5128, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island), solves the funding gap school districts face in providing expanded services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’ve been working with schools from the time in-person learning first stopped until today, and it is clear that budgeting for this situation is tremendously difficult for school districts,” Wellman said. “Usually transportation is used to take students to education. During school closures, transportation services have brought education, and many other necessary services, like meals ...Read More
A passionate advocate for education, Lisa began her career as a public school teacher but changed course in the 1980s becoming a systems analyst and programmer. She was recruited by Apple Computer to head up commercial publishing for the company’s U.S. markets. Her success with Apple in the 90’s led to her promotion as VP of Worldwide Publishing, Entertainment and New Media Markets.
She earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Barat College of DePaul University and in her spare time enjoys photography, travel, reading and bridge. She has two daughters and a grandson and resides on Mercer Island.
Read Sen. Wellman’s full biography here.