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Supremes consider "legality" of mandatory union fees

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U.S. Supreme Court justices heard arguments, yesterday, in an important case about whether nonunion members must pay their fair share fees to help cover the costs of negotiating a contract from which they benefit. Listen to this National Public Radio story to learn more. A decision is expected by summer.


Just another day

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Revered teacher/blogger Nicholas Ferroni writes about a typical day in the life of a high school teacher and makes a case for genuine teacher evaluation.


Tax dollars at work

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“Slate” writer and science education activist Zack Kopplin writes, this week, about an investigation into some Texas charter schools’ science, history and “value” lessons. Some 17,000 public school students attending Texas’ largest charter program, Responsive Education Solutions charter system, learn that evolution is “dogma” and an “unproved theory” with no experimental basis.


More than a nudge

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Read this excellent article about the Washington State Supreme Court’s opinion issued Thursday. “The need for immediate action could not be more apparent,” the opinion on the McCleary case says.


Taking time to think

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A year after the tragic shootings in Connecticut, Spokane EA President Jenny Rose talks about bargaining issues related to resource officers carrying guns in Spokane schools.


McCleary about money

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With the Washington State Legislature convening for its Regular Session beginning next week, Seattle Schools Community Forum blogger Melissa Westbrook is very clear in her statement, “The McCleary decision was about money, not reform. If anyone tries to tell you different, then you get in their face and call them a liar. Right now, that’s Rodney Tom and the Seattle Times.”


Teacher salaries

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Happy 2014. As we reflect upon the future, pay attention to wise words about teacher salaries from author and founder of 826 National, Dave Eggers.


Reflections from peers

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If you are looking for pithy, practical and measured reading that asks you to think while on break, check out what Tom says about building a waiver loophole. Visit the Stories from Washington Schools website to see why Kristin is excited about Common Core even though she has concerns. See why guest blogger Jeffrey is asking people to consider dyslexia as a cognitive type rather than seeing it as a disability.


Holiday thoughts and tips

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Here is some sane advice from a parent about gifts teachers and other educators might and might not want during the holidays or at the end of the year. And while we're at it, here are a few holiday tips to consider while trying to stay sane yourselves.


It's all about the money

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Blogger Charlie Mas clearly backs what he says this week on the Seattle Schools blog: The real focus for so called education reformers is money, not education.


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