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Congratulations to San Juan EA members whose last-minute settlement averted a strike this week. SJEA members will receive a 5 percent increase over two years, plus compensation for time on evaluations and technology. Members found parents and businesses were extremely supportive as they spent the weekend walking through Friday Harbor with signs and fliers to raise awareness.

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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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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

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Washington has a 3.0 GPA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently published an updated report called "Leaders and Laggards". It is specifically oriented to the needs and values of the business community. Knowing how much credence we give to any list or rankings, we are still bringing it to your attention that Washington received 9 A or B grades, one C and one D. Washington ranked much higher than a majority of the states across the board. Check the specific 11 categories and see if you agree with their findings.


Fourth grade teacher Tom White blogs with a few other educators in "Stories from School." We saved this Fourth of July post to share this month as we raise awareness about educators and WEA. In his post, White, talks about why he is a proud WEA member.

New PR for Common Core

Check out this two-minute video (put together by Common Core proponents) that you’ll be seeing soon on social media sites. It mocks Bill Gates as a “rich computer guy in nerdy glasses,” who doesn’t make the best computers anymore. The tagline is, “Common Core. It’s Better than You’ve Heard.”

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!

We Are WEA. WEA President Kim Mead, Vice President Stephen Miller, Executive Director Armand Tiberio and other leaders and staff welcome you to the 2014-15 school year!


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!



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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