Today we’re introducing the first in a series of occasional videos our editorial board is producing called “Education Conversations.” These thought-provoking segments expand on our “3 to 23” education initiative, an ongoing effort to redefine the state’s duty to educate children between the ages of 3 and 23.
Our goal is to help you understand the latest thinking in education, especially as Washington legislators grapple with the challenge of funding and reforming public schools after the state Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling on education funding.
Each conversation, conducted by editorial writer Lynne K. Varner and produced by myself, will introduce you to the leaders and the motivations behind their work on education.
In each interview, our guests answer three common questions:
- What does education mean to you?
- What does an ideal education system look like?
- Name one reform Washington needs now.
For this inaugural installment, Highline School District Superintendent Susan Enfield shares her ideas on those three topics, and explains what accounts for some of the recent gains in her multicultural district’s academic achievements.
Watch the video below. Read her Thursday op-ed in The Seattle Times, too.
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Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more “Education Conversations” with education stalwarts like Mary Lindquist of the Washington Education Association and Washington State University President, Dr. Elson Floyd.