Abi Gibson is a high school senior. The oldest of three sisters, she's a vocal jazz nut and, like a lot of other high schoolers, she isn't sure yet what she wants to 'be' when she grows up.
But there's one thing she sees pretty clearly. Education. Gibson isn't put off by the state Legislature's working and reworking of funding packages or the constant arguments about class sizes and charter schools.
From where she's standing, Washington's school debate is pretty simple really. It's all about the students.
"Change happens from the students up," she told the audience Tuesday night at Crosscut's Community Idea Lab.
Gibson was one of five finalists presenting to the audience last night; all of whom had submitted ideas inspired by a question Crosscut posed to the community: How can we make K-12 classrooms more student-focused, individualized and community-centered?