Elected Experience: First time candidate
Other Professional Experience: For 13 years, Fleming served the state’s most vulnerable children as a school nurse; created innovative programs and curricula for immigrant and low-income students; and published award-winning research on academic and health disparities. At OSPI, Fleming leads statewide school health services, initiating integration of education and health systems to produce powerful educational results for students. Fleming serves on faculty at the University of Washington.
Education: PhD, Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Washington
Community Service: Boards: Hilltop Preschool; John Hay Elementary. Award from Economic Opportunity Institute for helping pass Seattle’s sick and safe leave law.
Statement: A native Washingtonian, I was raised by a single mother who worked three jobs to make ends meet. My older brother had Down Syndrome and was institutionalized at the age of 5. This inspired me to become a school nurse, educator and policy advisor.
As Superintendent of Public Instruction, I will fully and equitably fund all schools; ensure that students receive needed supports to improve attendance and achievement; invest in early learning; and improve working conditions and pay for teachers. I have a consistent record of achieving successes in challenging circumstances -- and I will repeat that in this position. Our children’s futures -- and Washington’s economy -- depend upon it.
It’s time to elect people who have worked extensively in our schools – instead of politicians – to oversee our school system. If you’re happy with public schools, you will get more of the same by voting for a candidate with a political agenda. My only agenda is to improve the life opportunities for all of our state’s children – and I am the only candidate with the qualifications and experience to make that happen. A vote for me is a vote for our children, and for our state’s future.