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The immigration debate plays out directly in our classrooms, OneAmerica organizers noted at a rally in Seattle the day President Obama enacted immigration reforms. Video or Mobile Version

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Kelly Riggle Hower is passionate about her students, and connecting with colleagues through her union, WEA. Hear her heartwarming essay on the art of teaching and the community she entrusts to help students excel. Video or Mobile Version

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Class Size Counts, the YES on 1351 campaign, has just declared victory! More results from King, Snohomish and Pierce counties were reported today, providing enough votes to retain the lead. You can read the Class Size Counts statement on their website.

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Weighing In ...
Support our Marysville brothers and sisters

The Marysville Education Association has created a recovery fund to help cover costs associated with tending to the "care and comfort" of those recovering from last month's tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The funds will be available to assist the needs of staff and students affected by the terrible losses.

New film exposes lies about standardized testing

Standardized tests have been a part of public education for decades. Over the last 10 years, however, the number of standardized tests, the amount of time students lose taking them and the impact on their lives as well as on the lives of those who work in our schools is off the charts. What’s behind this and who is benefitting financially? Watch “Standardized, Lies Money & Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education” tonight, Nov. 20 at 6:30 at the Ark Lodge Cinema, 4816 Rainier Ave. South in Seattle. Following the movie, sponsored by the Seattle Education Association, join in on a panel discussion featuring several teachers and other educators from around the area. Admission is free though donations will be accepted.

Enough already!

Georgia teacher Ian Altman has a list of seven things educators are tired of hearing from those who are not working with students every day. He created the list based on conversations he has had with teachers and other school employees across the country. Altman also says that "troublemakers" can actually lead us to where we need to go. What do you think?

Please help with this survey of WEA's American Indian/Alaska Native educators

Your experiences can help future American Indians/Alaska Natives educators. This survey  is part of a project – sponsored by WEA, tribal organizations and higher education institutions – to improve recruitment and retention of American Indians/Alaska Natives in education careers in Washington State.


Human & Civil Rights Conference

Join fellow WEA educators and members of color at our 2014 Human and Civil Rights Leadership Conference Dec. 5-6. The Human and Civil Rights Leadership Conference is a collaborative effort to help current and future educators with issues of cross-cultural competency, social justice and educational equity within the institutions that serve our Washington students.


WEA Human and Civil Rights Awards

Do you know of anyone or a group of individuals making a difference in the world? If you do, nominate them for a WEA Human and Civil Rights Award.


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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