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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

November 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Innovation Summit: Inslee on education, finding talent

Speaking at the state Innovation Summit today, Gov.-elect Jay Inslee said his administration is already making moves that will benefit the tech industry.

Inslee said his emphasis on improving the state education system and science and technology education in particular is reflected in today’s hiring of Renton Schools Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel as his chief of staff.

Inslee said Heuschel will help him “build an educationally oriented innovation economy in the state of Washington.”

Through a metric-driven approach, Heuschel was able to increase high school graduation rates from 76 percent to 93 percent, he said.

“She has almost eliminated the achievement gap … without any significant additional funding,” he said.

Inslee shares the tech industry’s concerns about talent. He asked industry leaders at the summit for help finding people, including software experts, to help his administration as it gears up and faces challenges such as establishing the state health insurance exchange.

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