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Class Size Counts has delivered 325,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office to lower class sizes across Washington and to qualify Initiative 1351 for the November ballot. Video or Mobile Version

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First-time NEA delegates Erica Lebens-Englund, of Cheney, and Jeanine Coghlan, of East Valley near Spokane, say they're energized by the 9,000 educators at the NEA Representative Assembly in Denver, making decisions to improve public education nationwide.  

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WEA is partnering with OSPI and regional tribes to help inspire a new generation of Native teachers who better reflect the students already in Washington's schools. Video or Mobile Version

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Class size on the ballot

Class Size Initiative-1351 is officially certified! Secretary of State Kim Wyman says a team of 10 signature checkers finished their work which began last Monday late Thursday. Sponors of I-1351 brought in 348,072 signatures. Officials checked 10,442 random signatures. Of those checked, there was an error rate of just over 11 percent, far below the average error rate of 18 percent. The Class Size initiative is one of three initiatives by the people to appear on this November’s ballot. The other two both deal with background checks for gun purchases.

Report finds teacher pay "painfully low"

Much is written about low teacher salaries and beginning teachers, but a Center for American Progress report focuses on mid- and late-career teacher salary and found they are lacking all over the country.

Chimacum teacher nationally recognized

Congratulations to Chimacum teacher Maren Johnson, one of 39 public school educators named as recipients of the 2015 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence, the NEA Foundation has announced.

Prestigious award to WEA-Retired member Jean Savidge

Jean Savidge was awarded the 2014 NEA-Retired Distinguished Service Award at the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting. Congratulations, Jean!


WEA President Kim Mead on delivery of 325,000 signatures for I-1351

WEA members are making history, sending Initiative 1,351 to the November ballot to reduce class sizes statewide as part of the McCleary court decision requiring full education funding in Washington. Kim Mead comments.


U.S. Supreme Court ruling hurts health care workers and patients

In a closely watched labor case involving home health care workers, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to expand workers’ rights but also decided to not radically alter union relations in America -- at least for now. WEA President Kim Mead comments on the decision.


WEA applauds Supreme Court's latest McCleary order

WEA members applaud the Supreme Court's leadership and willingness to hold the Legislature accountable for failing to fully fund K-12 public schools as required by the Constitution -- and its own legislation.

Educators, the people who work directly with our students, know firsthand that the need to fully fund K-12 public schools is urgent and immediate. We can't afford to let the Legislature shortchange another generation of Washington students.

Instead of making more excuses and risking contempt of court charges, legislators should follow the Court's directive and fully fund Washington's K-12 public schools. Our students deserve nothing less.

-- WEA President Kim Mead


3 Grandview schools win national nutrition award

McClure, Harriet Thompson and Arthur H. Smith elementary schools — all from the Grandview School district outside Yakima — recently won national awards for improving the health of their students.



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