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Congratulations to San Juan EA members whose last-minute settlement averted a strike this week. SJEA members will receive a 5 percent increase over two years, plus compensation for time on evaluations and technology. Members found parents and businesses were extremely supportive as they spent the weekend walking through Friday Harbor with signs and fliers to raise awareness.

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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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Check out these Top 10 ideas from NEA members nationwide to make this school year the best yet for you and your students. Read More at NEA.org

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Weighing In ...
Addicted to Koch
09/15/2014

Seven years ago, while the Charles Koch Foundation considered whether or not to give Florida State University’s economics department a big donation, they let officials there know that the donation came with some strings attached.


Washington has a 3.0 GPA
09/12/2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently published an updated report called "Leaders and Laggards". It is specifically oriented to the needs and values of the business community. Knowing how much credence we give to any list or rankings, we are still bringing it to your attention that Washington received 9 A or B grades, one C and one D. Washington ranked much higher than a majority of the states across the board. Check the specific 11 categories and see if you agree with their findings.


WE Are WEA
09/11/2014

Fourth grade teacher Tom White blogs with a few other educators in "Stories from School." We saved this Fourth of July post to share this month as we raise awareness about educators and WEA. In his post, White, talks about why he is a proud WEA member.


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Laughter is the best medicine

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While RA is going on in Spokane, take a look at this advertisement for a new "medication," antiunionol.


Vancouver educators talking about CCSS

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Southwest Washington educators are talking about Common Core State Standards with colleagues today. They are encouraging them to write post cards to legislators and other education stakeholders to make sure there is appropriate collaboration time and resources for CCSS implementation. Their efforts are one in a number of grassroots events going on all over the country today to raise awareness about fulfilling the promise of public education for every student.


Rep Assembly 2014

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WEA’s 94th Annual Representative Assembly gets under way Thursday, April 3. Some 950 delegates will meet in Spokane to set WEA policy for the coming year.


VEA going to town

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Vancouver Education Association members are heading to an hour-long Town Hall meeting about Common Core (CCSS) implementation this coming Tuesday, April1. The meeting is part of a National Education Association Raise Your Hand National Day of Action the following day.


Likely New York CCSS moratorium

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders say they are probably going to institute a moratorium on Common Core State Standards(CCSS) implementation for at least three years.


High drama

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If you happened to be in Ellensburg last weekend, you might have run into some 900 thespians and their teachers from high schools all over the state who were sharing the terrific work they are doing in dramatic arts.


True grit

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Politico tells us that today is more than just the first day of spring. Today is Character Day. More than 1,000 colleges, schools, organizations and even the White House are talking about what it means to be more persistent and courageous. Part of the day includes promoting a film called “The Science of Character.”


Engage in public policy

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Chimacum High School science teacher Maren Johnson is jazzed about Cheney Middle School’s Tammie Schrader. Johnson just returned from the Teaching and Learning 2014 Conference in Washington DC where she says she was “dazzled” by compelling speakers and so on, but that it was Schrader’s session that gave her lots of food for thought. Schrader, who facilitates student coding in her classes, talked a lot about how educators must be involved in creating educational policy.


SBAC backed up

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Officials from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium told states, last Friday, to expect a week-long delay for the rollout of the Common Core pilot tests.


Seattle secretary steps up

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Last week, we invited you to visit Ingraham High School Administrative Secretary Mary Smith’s video imploring Seattle School Supt. Jose Banda to avoid cutting clerical and other staff in the upcoming budget. Seattle EA members are voting down school budgets all over the city. As part of the state’s Classified Employees Week, WEA salutes Mary Smith and we encourage you to watch Smith’s creative video.


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