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This year's WEA Representative Assembly -- "R.A." for short -- has wrapped up with nearly 1,000 educators voting to support a statewide initiative to lower class sizes. Details

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Having a" voice" or shaping the decision?
04/18/2014

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?
04/17/2014

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
04/15/2014

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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Copying South Korea

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan continues to tout that South Korea offers more and demands more of students than American schools. He talks about how parents sometimes “demand too much” but asks why we can’t emulate South Korea?


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.


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TPEP training - Puget Sound
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MLTP Teaching Equity Conference
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WEA Small/Rural Locals Conference
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