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A salute to school bus drivers

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North Kitsap Transportation Employee Mike Buff, who drives students to Wolfe Elementary School, is more than just a good bus driver. Parents say Buff is always there -- a steady presence in the lives of the students.


Thank you to library assistants

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Library Assistant Kelly Eschbach carries a heavy load at Crestwood Elementary in Kent. Eschbach keeps the Crestwood library doors open supporting students and staff in her work. WEA salutes Kelly Eschbach and library assistants around the state as part of Washington’s Classified School Employees Week. 


Saluting school employees

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Administrative Secretary Marjorie Gamble is the first person our son met when he showed up at Roosevelt High School in Seattle for an impromptu visit after school nearly three years ago. He made no appointment, but Gamble welcomed him as if she was waiting for his arrival.


Vancouver EA counselor recognized

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Congratulations to Vancouver Education Association’s Dionne Vester, the Washington School Counselor Association’s  2013 High School Counselor of the Year. Vester accepted the award last Friday at a conference in Seattle. The Fort Vancouver High School counselor credits Federal Way High School teacher Pamela Ash for offering her encouragement when she was a student.


Clever creative call to action

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Many of you have seen the informational Common Core State Standard video being used here in Washington for parents and others in the community. Watch how Seattle Education Association’s Ingraham High School’s Mary Smith turned that same clever video technique into a call to action to stop Seattle Schools from cutting three clerical positions at secondary schools. One person can make a difference. Sign her petition asking the superintendent to go back to the drawing board.


ADHD disgnoses correlated to punitive ed reform policies

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“The ADHD Explosion” authors Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler found disturbing correlations between educational policies and the prevalence of ADHD diagnoses. The two, who are colleagues at University of California Berkeley, found that when rates of ADHD diagnoses are broken down by state, there are dramatic discrepancies. Their data-based analysis shows that high rates of ADHD diagnoses correlated closely with state laws that penalize schools when students fail. Check out this fascinating article in Salon.com.


No tying student test scores to evaluations

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As we head into the weekend, we reiterate that WEA opposes mandating the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations. While the Washington State Senate defeated the misguided teacher evaluation bill last week, the pressure to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores is continuing from the federal and state level. Read WEA’s statement of principles to gain a stronger understanding where WEA stands.


A different kind of "waiver"

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While Valentine’s Day 2014 is over, the love story between and elderly woman and high school students living in her neighborhood continues. Watch this heartwarming story about how a small gesture means so much.


More Than A Score

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A Chicago Public Schools parent coalition is calling for students to opt out of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. So far, some 500 students at 29 schools will be skipping the test. The coalition, More Than A Score, says that the ISAT is being replaced this year and that if students refuse to take the test, they will get two week more of learning rather than two weeks of testing.


A courageous and giant heart

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Each of WEA’s 83,000 members possesses skills, qualities, traits which make them unique. On this Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend, we honor the memory of Shirley Walthall. As Everett’s first African American public school teacher, Walthall was an inspiration to students, educators and her community. She loved what she did and she showed courage and leadership in her work and life every day.


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