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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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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?

Vice-President Joe Biden Calls for an End to the Assault on Educators

Mukilteo elementary teacher Mark Mains

By Will Potter, NEA Staff

Vice President Joe Biden addressed thousands of educators at the National Education Association’s 150th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, and said that the “full-blown assault” they are experiencing would get much worse under the leadership of Governor Mitt Romney.

“My Dad used to say ‘Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget,’” Biden told delegates. Governor Mitt Romney and Republican Congressional leadership “have shown us their budget,” Biden said, and it is about protecting the personal interests of the super rich rather than building an education system that helps all students succeed.

Biden said that when Romney and other Republicans accuse educators of being selfish, it reflects a fundamental lack of understanding of the teaching profession.

He pointed to York, Pennsylvania, where educators could have received a pay increase under their contract. Instead, they voted to use their money to pay for kindergarten programs.

His wife, Dr. Jill Biden, is a longtime educator and teaches English at a community college. She also addressed the delegates today, receiving roaring applause when she said, “I know that you all understand. Being a teacher is not what I do, it’s who I am.”

Vice-President Biden said he had heard again and again stories from educators about paying for school supplies out of pocket, or leaving the dinner table for a home visit at night.

“You chose to be teachers because you want to make this country better,” Biden said. “You chose to be teachers because you know every child, every child, to do as well as they can. That’s why you did it. But I’m afraid the governor and his allies don’t get it.”


Jill Biden at the NEA Rep. Assembly



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