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Meet Murray Campbell, building engineer in Yakima and proud WEA member. The WEA is not some distant group. It's us. All of us. Standing together to share quality professional development ... to negotiate tough but fair contracts ... and to ensure your voice is heard. Video or Learn More

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Smaller class sizes are especially important in subjects like math and science, explains teacher Desi Saylors, in the most recent ad by the Yes on 1351 campaign. Learn more at OurVoice or watch the new TV spot.

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An active unionist and National Board Certified Teacher is Washington's new Teacher of the Year. Seattle's Lyon Terry was honored at an awards ceremony Monday. "We teach kids to be great," Terry said. Details

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We learned today of the tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff and families of the community as we struggle to understand what happened. 

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Norma LaChine speaks out about why class size counts!

 
Weighing In ...
A dangerous trend
10/23/2014

First, parents at Gatewood Elementary came up with enough money to pay to keep a teacher there. Yesterday, Garfield High School parents received a letter from their PTSA telling them that Garfield must “produce” $92,000 by this Friday to save a teaching position there. The letter said, “There will be no replacement – the cancelled classes will simply cease to exist and the affected students will finish the semester with a hole in their schedules.”


Booster clubs boost some
10/22/2014

A new study highlights the huge inequities at public schools across the country due to private groups raising more and more money to “make up” for inadequate funding. Couple that with the recent effort by parents at a Seattle school who raced to raise money to keep one of their teachers from being transferred and you begin to see the complexities of school funding and inequality of services provided to students.


Vermont teachers have TA
10/20/2014

Educators in South Burlington have reached a Tentative Agreement as of Saturday. Thanks to all who sent messages of support. See article directly below for more details.


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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