Stonier expected to prioritize education issues based on political career

first_imgIn announcing his retirement as House speaker, Frank Chopp highlighted his work on health care, housing, infrastructure and other issues.If Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, becomes the next House speaker, she’s expected to prioritize an issue that’s guided much of her political career: education.In her first term, 2012-14, Stonier introduced legislation reforming the state opportunity scholarship board, establishing an online resource for teachers and principals to improve education techniques, and offering a bill to help students understand their options related to graduation requirements.Stonier was elected to Democrat Tim Probst’s 17th District seat representing east Vancouver and unincorporated Clark County. Probst said that he watched closely as Stonier shepherded bills that senior legislators would have had a hard time passing.After losing her seat in 2014 to conservative Republican Lynda Wilson, Stonier moved to the 49th Legislative District and successfully ran for an open seat in 2016. The 2017 legislative session was dominated by how to address the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision that ordered lawmakers to fully fund basic education.“She brought the voice of educators when they were grappling with big school funding issues,” said William Beville, president of the Evergreen Education Association, the county’s largest teachers’ union.last_img

Leave a Reply

(*) Required, Your email will not be published