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South Kitsap EA members and their superintendent sent U.S. Education Sec. Arne Duncan a YouTube message: We don't need to be monitored. We need to be trusted. YouTube Video

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Research shows students do better when teachers have time to work together. But contract negotiations in Royal City have stalled as district negotiators insist it's more important to stay in charge than to do what's right. Video or Mobile Version

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Check out these Top 10 ideas from NEA members nationwide to make this school year the best yet for you and your students. Read More at NEA.org

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Voice of a veteran teacher
08/22/2014

Check out a new blog by Peter Greene, a teacher and writer who will be blogging for “Education Week.” His blog, titled “View from the Cheap Seats,” will reflect his opinion as a veteran teacher and examine education public policy. His current blog, "Curmudgication," is very popular among educators around the country.


Look who's talking
08/21/2014

Washington State Teacher of the Year and ELL Specialist Katie Brown recently took time to have a chat with Bill Gates. She explained why it is critically important for educators to have time during the school day to meet, share ideas, learn from one another and get valuable feedback from colleagues -- all to help educate students more effectively.


Class size on the ballot
07/25/2014

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.


WEA decries court ruling that cuts stock profits from pension plans

After a seven-year legal fight led by WEA, the Supreme Court has upheld cuts in retirement benefits for more than more than 100,000 K-12 educators.

 

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

 

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!

 

Edupourri

Check out these varied and evolving links to miscellaneous items submitted to WEA that are of likely interest to educators in our state. Read more...
 
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