Mixed Reactions at Education Forum

March 20, 2013

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.

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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.

"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


As the crowd filtered out of Eastmont, Isaac caught up with a few of

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.

"font-size: 14.5pt">We will have more at 7:20 from Eastmont Superintendent Garn Christensen.

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