Entries by Andrea Cobb

Ballot Drop Box Locations

Want to drop off your ballot and save a stamp? Ballot Drop Box and Voting Center locations Ballot drop boxes offer 24 hours a day, seven days a week voter convenience. The boxes are opened as soon as ballots are mailed. All drop boxes close at 8:00 p.m. on election night. Voting Centers are open on […]

TV Tacoma School Board Candidate Forum

We would like to share the Tacoma School Board candidate forum created by a collaboration between TV Tacoma, Tacoma Community Council, and the League of Women Voters. Below the video we’ve listed the questions that were asked and marked the time to help navigate the video.   Opening Statements (1:10) What is your background in Public Education? (5:45) What are the […]

Does your neighborhood vote?

This November we have an opportunity to elect local leaders, including city council members, charter review commissioners, school board members, and parks commissioners. The decisions that these individuals make will have serious impacts on our daily lives. Click on your precinct below The map above shows the voter turnout in the 2013 school district election by precinct. Some […]

Tacoma School District by the Numbers

When I decided to run for this position I also hoped to inspire more individuals in the community to get involved with the schools in their neighborhoods by sharing information about our district and the students it serves. Check out the first in a series of infographics that we’ve put together to do just that! View the full […]

School Boards Set the Direction for Schools

As I’ve gotten out and started to meet voters at their doors I had several people ask me what school board members do. In Washington State, a school board has certain legal responsibilities and is directed by law (RCW 28A.150.230) to adopt policies that do each of the following: Establish performance criteria and an evaluation process […]

Where does the money come from?

Right now the state Legislature continues to debate how it will meet its obligation to fully fund basic education, and reduce local school districts’ reliance on local levies to fund basic education programs. Given that 23.7% of our funding currently comes from local levies the decisions made in Olympia will definitely impact us here at home. In […]

Mr. Palmer’s Legacy

Today I had the opportunity to attend the 4th annual Palmer Scholars Stand-up and Cheer Luncheon. This organization and the work that it does are close to my heart as I was a Palmer Scholar, I have been a mentor to other Palmer Scholars and I now have the honor of serving on the organization’s […]