On December 10, Andrea Cobb officially made history when she was sworn in as a member of the Tacoma School Board to a packed house of supporters. The first African American woman elected (Marilee Scarbrough was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2011) in the Board’s history, she will now have six years to put her indelible stamp on the future of education in Tacoma.
Supporters pack Tacoma School Board Swearing-In Meeting
After the ceremony, Andrea expressed her strong commitment to students in the Tacoma School District, "I am honored to serve on this Board. I got into this race because I love this community and care about the students in it so I'm looking forward to the next six years of advocating on their behalf."
Throughout the election, Andrea and her team ran a tight campaign; amassing strong support from key education groups as well as personal endorsements from community leaders. That ground work showed in the election results, as Andrea took a strong 20 point lead over her competitor in order to win the seat.
With a background in K-12 education policy, Andrea ran on a platform of continuing the recent momentum Tacoma has shown in raising high school graduation rates, which most recently topped 82.6 percent, higher than the national average.
Stand for Children Washington staff and volunteers look forward to collaborating with Andrea and the rest of the Tacoma School Board members on a number of initiatives in 2016, including closer study of the English Language Learner supports provided by the District and an effort to expand Pre-K learning in the district over the next several years.