After years of dealing with the WASL testing, the citizens of the State of Washington decided to elect someone who would make changes to the state’s testing requirements.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, 56, has taken huge steps in changing the testing system however, on Sunday, March 28, Dorn was pulled over for speeding and is now facing drunk driving charges. At 1:30 a.m. in Orting, Pierce County, an officer pulled Dorn over and smelled alcohol. A breath test was performed at the police station where the results were reportedly .11 percent – above the .08 percent legal limit.
“First, I want to apologize for my actions and the distraction they have caused. I drank alcohol and got behind the wheel of a car. That is a mistake, no matter how much you drink. I apologize to my family, the students and the educators across our state,” Dorn said in a statement. “As part of this legal proceeding, I agreed to take an alcohol assessment. The assessment confirmed what I already knew: alcohol is not a problem in my life. Alcohol does not affect my ability to serve Washington’s citizens.” Dorn was elected as the state’s superintendent in 2008.
“I want to be clear that this incident has not affected my ability to do my job as state schools chief. I will continue to work hard to move my agenda forward, especially as it relates to achieving real reform of education funding,” he said. “Also, I will do what I can to earn back the public’s trust. I want to turn this experience from a negative into a positive. For me, as a career educator, this is a teachable moment.”