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Meet Murray Campbell, building engineer in Yakima and proud WEA member. The WEA is not some distant group. It's us. All of us. Standing together to share quality professional development ... to negotiate tough but fair contracts ... and to ensure your voice is heard. Video or Learn More

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Smaller class sizes are especially important in subjects like math and science, explains teacher Desi Saylors, in the most recent ad by the Yes on 1351 campaign. Learn more at OurVoice or watch the new TV spot.

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An active unionist and National Board Certified Teacher is Washington's new Teacher of the Year. Seattle's Lyon Terry was honored at an awards ceremony Monday. "We teach kids to be great," Terry said. Details

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We learned today of the tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff and families of the community as we struggle to understand what happened. 

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Norma LaChine speaks out about why class size counts!

 
Weighing In ...
A dangerous trend
10/23/2014

First, parents at Gatewood Elementary came up with enough money to pay to keep a teacher there. Yesterday, Garfield High School parents received a letter from their PTSA telling them that Garfield must “produce” $92,000 by this Friday to save a teaching position there. The letter said, “There will be no replacement – the cancelled classes will simply cease to exist and the affected students will finish the semester with a hole in their schedules.”


Booster clubs boost some
10/22/2014

A new study highlights the huge inequities at public schools across the country due to private groups raising more and more money to “make up” for inadequate funding. Couple that with the recent effort by parents at a Seattle school who raced to raise money to keep one of their teachers from being transferred and you begin to see the complexities of school funding and inequality of services provided to students.


Vermont teachers have TA
10/20/2014

Educators in South Burlington have reached a Tentative Agreement as of Saturday. Thanks to all who sent messages of support. See article directly below for more details.


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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.


Having a" voice" or shaping the decision?

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Read what Camas High School teacher Mark Gardner says in his "Stories from School" blog post about the difference between genuine leadership and simple implementation.


Do you have what you need?

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Education International has launched a global campaign, Unite for Quality Education. It spotlights quality tools, quality environment and quality teachers. As part of this campaign, they invite educators to take a few minutes to complete a survey which assesses teaching and learning conditions in their classrooms.


Tacoma teacher is $25,000 award recipient

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Tacoma Education Association member Nathan Gibbs-Bowling is Washington’s 2013-14 recipient of a $25,000 Milken Educator Award. In a surprise assembly this morning, the Lincoln High School teacher was greeted by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, state Rep. Jake Fey and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland among other dignitaries. More than 1,400 students and faculty were on hand to watch Gibbs-Bowling receive the news from Foundation Co-Founder Michael Milken.


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