Last week, 17th District Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, received the Washington Business Alliance 2017 Career and Technical Education Legislator of the Year Award.
Harris co-chairs the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation, also known as the McCleary committee, and was recognized for his work on the McCleary K-12 funding plan. The plan included investments in CTE, which is now a funded component of basic education.
“Representative Harris facilitated the bipartisan K-12 education funding and policy negotiations, and assured industry relevant coursework is available in our public schools for students statewide,” said Jene Jones, of Legislative Solutions and the Washington Business Alliance, in a news release.
“Reaching an education funding solution was difficult and required great collaborative work from all those involved,” said Harris in the release. “It feels great to come up with what I believe is a plan that puts a solid education foundation in place for our students and educators while strengthening the opportunity for them to succeed. I always want to make a difference in the lives of our young people. To be an integral part of this plan is something special.”