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Renton mom Katherine Jones knows our kids get one chance at a quality education. See the latest TV spot as Katherine tells voters it's time to end the excuses and give kids the attention they deserve. Video or More 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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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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Weighing In ...
What's wrong with this picture?
10/30/2014

If you have any doubt that there is something very wrong with the Teach For America system, read this article in "The Nation" to learn more about what is happening in school districts across the nation including those in our own back yard.


Our day in court
10/28/2014

      Today is the day the Washington Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments about whether or not Washington’s charter school law violates the state constitution. Last December, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that some of the new law was unconstitutional. The ruling was based on tax dollars aimed at public schools which would be funneled to charter schools.


Get out the vote
10/27/2014

Mid-term elections are upon us. Please remind people that it is their responsibility and their privilege to vote. A lot of people who intend to vote forget because it’s one more step to find a stamp or because “it’s not going to make a difference,” or their ballot is buried deep in a pile of unopened mail.


WEA Blogs

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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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