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Conversations With Enrique Cerna

Washington’s New State School Superintendent on the Funding Debate

“My job is to put an objective lens on it to get results.”

February 7, 2017

Chris Reykdal is the new superintendent of public instruction for the state of Washington. A former high school teacher and state legislator, Reykdal was elected state schools chief in November. He takes office as the Washington State Legislature is grappling with meeting a state Supreme Court order as part of the landmark McCleary decision to come up with a plan to adequately fund public education.  In conversation with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna, Reykdal weighs in on the funding challenge and the various funding proposals. He also talks about school testing, the opportunity gap, graduation rates and his concern about the increasing number of homeless students in our schools.



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Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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