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Yakima educators united. They got organized. They hung in there. They pushed back against obstinate administrators. Now they have more cash in their pockets and a living wage. See how they did it! Video or mobile version

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It’s our best opportunity in a generation to win increased funding for public education, including educator compensation and smaller class sizes. Details

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Meet Lyon Terry, Washington's 2015 Teacher of the Year. He's a lot like the rest of us, with great days and days that feel like failure. Ultimately, he knows teaching matters: as educators, we change lives. Watch the video

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The time is now
02/19/2015

New York’s 2013 Principal of the Year, Carol Burris, is shedding light on the way high stakes testing is hurting students. She says there comes a time to break rules if it means protecting students from unneccessary high stakes testing and that time is now.


Litzow assails, attacks educators as usual
02/10/2015

WEA members are in Olympia today opposing irrational bills mandating the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations. The bills, sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow, have no basis in research proving that enacting either one would have any kind of positive impact on student learning. This is part of a national movement assailing teachers. Check out the letter seven teachers of the year in New York sent to their governor for the same kind of test score shenanigans.


State Democrats Oppose Common Core
02/02/2015

While Seahawks fans were gearing up for the Superbowl this weekend, the Washington State Democrats passed a resolution in opposition of Common Core. Read what National Board Certified Teacher Tom White says about dealing with the frustration around this latest development.


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A "Gallon" of research to raise awareness

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Test scores are not going up in York City schools in York, PA. And, because we all know that test scores are the one and only measurement of student success, it should come as no surprise that the district’s appointed (not elected) chief recovery officer says the district is talking with two for-profit charter school corporations – Mosaica Education Inc., and Charter School USA. Meanwhile, a York City teacher/organizer, Clovis Gallon, has been doing homework.


Flipped classrooms

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Those who believe in the flipped classroom – the kind where educators videotape their lectures and assign them for homework while using class time to help students with solving problems and traditional homework -- say it is making a significant difference for student learning.


What's the real agenda?

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Seattle School Board Director Marty McLaren wrote an op-ed for the “Seattle Times,” which they encouraged her to edit and submit again . . . which she did. It talks about the wonderful things going in in Seattle Schools. Instead, the newspaper published an editorial inviting the city to take over.


Addicted to Koch

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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

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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

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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.


New PR for Common Core

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Check out this two-minute video (put together by Common Core proponents) that you’ll be seeing soon on social media sites. It mocks Bill Gates as a “rich computer guy in nerdy glasses,” who doesn’t make the best computers anymore. The tagline is, “Common Core. It’s Better than You’ve Heard.”


Debate on opting out of testing continues

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Veteran journalist Joseph Williams shares a story he wrote about a school district in Florida that rejected state and national education assessment tests. This vote, which occurred last month, is part of a national movement to pull back on standardized testing.


Gates has big ideas for "Big History"

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Bill Gates wants to introduce a new way of teaching history to American high school students. While the most powerful non-elected man in the world has his finger in many proverbial pots, this came about simply because he was highly inspired while watching an Australian professor teach history differently. Read the whole article before sharing your comments.


Teens & early morning start times at school a bad mix

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As we watch our own 17-year-old son being forced to wake up even earlier than last year – to make it to an earlier start time this year at his high school, 7:50 –  we wonder what is driving some schools in Washington to push start times back instead of forward since study after study (including one from the American Academy of Pediatrics) points to the fact that teenagers are far more effective when classes start after 8:30 a.m.


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