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“The Impact” – May 31st, 2017: OSPI plan to overhaul K-12; Wildfire Season Outlook

Mike McClanahan profile by Mike McClanahan

This week on “The Impact”:

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal lays out his plan to dramatically change K-12 education in Washington. It includes  dual language learning starting in kindergarten, longer school days, and more flexibility for high school students to pick courses based on their future plans.   He also dives into the education funding debate and explains how much it would cost to make his vision a reality.

 “To have our students really prepared for the world that they’re going to face going forward it’s time to have some pretty ambitious goals for our state,” – Chris Reykdal, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “We spent the better part of a decade trying to figure out how to fund the basics for the system we had 10 years ago and the world is changing very rapidly.”

Later in the show we turn to the Commissioner of Public Lands to shed light on the outlook for wildfires this fire season.

“A little over 30 wildfires already this year,” – Hillary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands. “We had a red flag warning yesterday and that is sort of great conditions for wildfires and sort of the catastrophic wildfires that we saw in 2014 and 2015.”


Credit: Chelan County Emergency Management

You’ll also hear about a challenge to the state’s new clean air rule that’s heading to court.

Click here to watch “The Impact” – May 31, 2017



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