Are you from a small and/or rural local? Size doesn't have to be hinderance when it comes to being an active and vibrant local. Registration is now open for the upcoming WEA Small/Rural Locals Conference, an event geared toward addressing the unique issues of small and rural locals.
The NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize, reward and promote excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession. They also honor public education and the dedicated members of the NEA. The awards are presented jointly by the NEA Foundation and the National Education Association (NEA).
Beginning Jan. 31, Teacher Retirement System 3 (TRS 3) members will no longer be able to change their personal contribution rate. This is critical as this month is the last chance TRS 3 members have, while continuing to work for your current employing school district, to make any change that affects both take-home pay and retirement savings.
Sign up by Jan. 7 and save $75 for the second annual NEA National Leadership Summit. Education leaders from across the country will convene Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif. to discuss common themes of professional empowerment, teacher engagement, and impactful student-centered techniques for academic improvement.
Here's your chance to nominate and recognize an amazing WEA education support professional for his or her work in our schools. WEA is seeking nominations for the 2015 WEA Education Support Professional of the Year.
Share your successes and challenges with providing healthy options in vending machines, cafeteria a la carte lines, school stores, and fundraisers.
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 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
Jean Savidge was awarded the 2014 NEA-Retired Distinguished Service Award at the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting. Congratulations, Jean!