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Renton mom Katherine Jones knows our kids get one chance at a quality education. See the latest TV spot as Katherine tells voters it's time to end the excuses and give kids the attention they deserve. Video or More 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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If you have any doubt that there is something very wrong with the Teach For America system, read this article in "The Nation" to learn more about what is happening in school districts across the nation including those in our own back yard.

Our day in court

      Today is the day the Washington Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments about whether or not Washington’s charter school law violates the state constitution. Last December, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that some of the new law was unconstitutional. The ruling was based on tax dollars aimed at public schools which would be funneled to charter schools.

Get out the vote

Mid-term elections are upon us. Please remind people that it is their responsibility and their privilege to vote. A lot of people who intend to vote forget because it’s one more step to find a stamp or because “it’s not going to make a difference,” or their ballot is buried deep in a pile of unopened mail.

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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