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More than 2,600 teachers from eight school districts have voted to stage one-day strikes over the state Senate’s failure to fully fund K-12 public schools and to protest Senate proposals that harm students and blame teachers. Learn more at OurVoice

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Washington students deserve a quality education, no matter their ZIP code. Watch this video to learn more and take action at Our Voice.

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Weighing In ...
RA 2015 is nearly here
04/20/2015

WEA’s Rep Assembly is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, in Bellevue, WA. Some 1,000 WEA members are meeting to shape policy for the upcoming year. For more information, click here.


A waste of time all over
04/14/2015

WEA kindergarten teachers have been talking about the difficulties associated with evaluating every student during the first six weeks of school to establish their "kindergarten readiness" instead of establishing community by helping new students transition into the routine of school.


Where are the teachers going?
03/09/2015

Why are numbers in college teacher programs falling so quickly? The University of North Carolina School of Education dean says he thinks it’s because people considering the field no longer see it as a stable career. He says the “headache list” is long for teachers with high-stakes testing and efforts to link developmentally inappropriate tests to teacher evaluation.


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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