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South Kitsap EA members and their superintendent sent U.S. Education Sec. Arne Duncan a YouTube message: We don't need to be monitored. We need to be trusted. YouTube Video

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Research shows students do better when teachers have time to work together. But contract negotiations in Royal City have stalled as district negotiators insist it's more important to stay in charge than to do what's right. Video or Mobile Version

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Voice of a veteran teacher
08/22/2014

Check out a new blog by Peter Greene, a teacher and writer who will be blogging for “Education Week.” His blog, titled “View from the Cheap Seats,” will reflect his opinion as a veteran teacher and examine education public policy. His current blog, "Curmudgication," is very popular among educators around the country.


Look who's talking
08/21/2014

Washington State Teacher of the Year and ELL Specialist Katie Brown recently took time to have a chat with Bill Gates. She explained why it is critically important for educators to have time during the school day to meet, share ideas, learn from one another and get valuable feedback from colleagues -- all to help educate students more effectively.


Energized educators receive $5,000 grant
08/19/2014

Cheney Education Association high school teachers Shannon Root and Jacob Troyer are the new recipients of an NEA Foundation $5,000 grant which they will use to teach students about alternative energy by helping them design wind-power generators.


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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