During Marilyn’s tenure, she made community-wide investment in public schools a civic priority; bringing together business leaders, parents, non-profits, and community groups to invest in our children. The high school graduation rates in Tacoma, a majority-minority school district, went from 55% in 2010 to 89% in 2017. She also launched an award winning summer jobs program which provided paid internships, credits toward graduation and financial literacy training for high school students.
In Congress, Marilyn will protect Pell Grants, support refinancing of student loans with possible caps on monthly payments, and expand regulations on predatory for-profit colleges. She supports free college for students in high demand fields such as nursing, behavioral health, teaching and the building trades. She will push for universal pre-K and free lunch for all public school students, regardless of family income. Marilyn knows the value of vocational-technical training and apprenticeship programs and will support their expansion.