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Yakima educators united. They got organized. They hung in there. They pushed back against obstinate administrators. Now they have more cash in their pockets and a living wage. See how they did it! Video or mobile version

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It’s our best opportunity in a generation to win increased funding for public education, including educator compensation and smaller class sizes. Details

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Meet Lyon Terry, Washington's 2015 Teacher of the Year. He's a lot like the rest of us, with great days and days that feel like failure. Ultimately, he knows teaching matters: as educators, we change lives. Watch the video

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Weighing In ...
Go Hawks!
01/20/2015

Everett High School released this lip dub video last April in celebration of Superbowl XLVIII.  It’s fitting to take a look before Superbowl XLIX.


Washington is number one on "Terrible 10" tax list
01/15/2015

Washington is number one in most regressive taxes. That means our laws hurt the poor and benefit the rich. The nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s new analysis places us at the top when it comes to the most regressive tax systems in the nation. With pressure to fund McCleary, now is the time for lawmakers to close corporate loopholes and create a fairer tax system.


Focus on equal opportunities for all students
01/12/2015

As lawmakers in Olympia begin their 105-day session in Olympia today, the NEA is calling on lawmakers in the other Washington to refocus the Elementary Secondary Education Act where it belongs – on ensuring that all students have equal educational opportunities.


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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