An estimated 60 people showed up last night for an education forum at Eastmont Junior High School. The topic was how to improve the education system in Washington state, and after a video presentation the crowd heard from a panel of local education experts: Ismael Vivanco, migrant education director for North Central Educational Service District, Garn Christensen, superintendent of Eastmont schools, Katy Daley, a teacher at Icicle River Middle School in Leavenworth, and Anni Hisey, owner of Academic Associates Learning Center in Wenatchee.
After the panel spoke, the crowd was given a chance to comment and offer suggestions.
Reporter Isaac Kaplan-Woolner said issues ranged from teacher accountability and teachers unions, concerns about after school programs, a desire for more support for gifted students, and ideas for more sweeping reforms. The event was translated live and broadcast over headsets for Spanish speakers in the audience.
The group finished the evening by taking a survey. The facilitators of the event, the statewide non-profit Community Forums Network, will present the survey results to lawmakers in Olympia as they continue to grapple with education issues.
As the crowd filtered out of Eastmont, Isaac caught up with a few of the more vocal participants.
Last night’s education forum at Eastmont Junior High School was hosted by The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and was co-sponsored by El Mundo, KOHO Radio and The Wenatchee World.
We will have more at 7:20 from Eastmont Superintendent Garn Christensen.