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One signature a day

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It only takes 5! If every WEA member collects five signatures, Initiative 1351 will be on the November ballot. More importantly, that guarantees that Washington's students -- and future generations – will have a permanent chance to learn and succeed in smaller class sizes.


A "sign" of the times

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One of the best things about collecting signatures for Intiative 1351 is having the chance to talk to people face-to-face and to discuss why lowering class size will make a profound difference in the lives of our students and families.


Is satire taught in school these days?

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To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, a theater major from Second City Network explains why she believes all teachers are overpaid


Gratitude

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Today, we thank teachers and all of the educators in our schools for their tireless dedication to our students. Appreciation is an understatement. We are in awe of your work.


(Class) size matters

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“Seattle Education” blogger Dora Taylor explained, last August, why class size matters. Taylor’s post hits the class size nail on the head. Educators around the state are currently collecting signatures for I-1351 – an initiative to lower class sizes. Volunteers have been asking friends, family, neighbors and community members who are registered voters to “sign here for lower class sizes.”


Six-word memoirs from educators

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Your story. Six words. Write it.


Tenn. repeals law tying test scores to teacher evaluation

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In a stunning reversal, the Tennessee Legislature overwhelmingly repealed a law to evaluate teachers by test scores, and the law was swiftly signed by Gov. (Bill) Haslam. On a day when Arne Duncan withdrew Washington State’s failure to enact test-based teacher valuation system, this is a remarkable turn of events.” That is from Diane Ravitch’ blog last week.


Walmart schools

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The Walton Family Foundation is working hard to spread charter schools. The "New York Times" reports that the foundation has basically subsidized the entire Washington D.C. charter school system over the last 12 years. They have given DC Prep more than $1 million in grants.


Big business pushing low-quality education

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According to a recently released Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report on charter schools, their privatization proposals are driven, “more by financial and ideological grounds than by sound pedagogy.” The in-depth research, conducted by University of Oregon associate professor and political economist Gordon Lafer, says that backers of the kind of reforms that have been heartily adopted in cities with many low-income students such as Milwaukee, WI, include being “enamored” with the Rocketship chain of schools.


Cyber-charter educators vote to join union

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A group of Pennsylvania educators who teach at a cyber-charter school voted to unionize. “Education Week” reports that the teachers of PA Cyber were bothered about their compensation when put side by side with teachers in the traditional bricks-and-mortar schools.


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