As the son of teachers and an alumnus of our public schools, Dow understands that excellent public education is central to the success of King County’s knowledge-based economy. Throughout his adult life, Dow has fought for improved funding, universal access, and higher standards for our schools. As Executive, Dow seeks regional solutions to ensure the youth and returning students of King County get the best education and training, and our colleges and flagship University have the connections to business and community needed to serve a growing region.
Engaging King County students through STEM programs – Working with the University of Washington and other colleges, Dow is pushing to expand access to higher education, and building partnerships to help our young people be ready for the science and technology careers of the future. Dow has joined with other local governments, employers, unions, school districts and colleges – through the King County Aerospace Alliance, veterans’ retraining, and other initiatives – to ensure that the jobs produced by King County’s world-leading businesses can be filled by local graduates and workers.
No more siting of urban schools in rural areas – After this issue simmered, unresolved, for over a decade, Dow formed a regional task force that unanimously called for future schools in districts that straddle the Urban Growth Boundary to be sited in cities and towns, rather than on rural, farm, or forest lands. Dow worked with regional leaders to adopt the task force’s recommended policies, and is now working to bring cities and school districts together so that children in King County elementary and secondary schools can attend a neighborhood school within walking distance, and rural and resource lands can remain. Dow is also advocating for changes at the State level to support neighborhood schools in urban areas.
Dow believes that if King County is to fulfill its potential as a region and as an economy, we must invest in people, especially students, so they have the chance to fulfill their potential. Dow is working to ensure that local companies like Boeing, Microsoft, and others can rely on a skilled workforce educated right here in King County, and that our students are ready for those high-skill, high-wage jobs.