March 20, 2013
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.
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spoke, the crowd was given a chance to comment and offer suggestions.
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.
"margin: 0in 0in 0pt">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
the more vocal participants.
"font-size: 14.5pt">Last night’s education forum at Eastmont Junior High School was hosted by
style="background: white; color: #222222">The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and was co-sponsored by El Mundo, KOHO Radio and The Wenatchee World.
style="background: white; color: #222222">The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and was co-sponsored by El
Mundo, KOHO Radio and The Wenatchee World.
"font-size: 14.5pt">We will have more at 7:20 from Eastmont Superintendent Garn Christensen.
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