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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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Cyber-charter educators vote to join union
04/21/2014

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?
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.


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Stories from school

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Want relevant, timely and compelling reading? Have a look at what your colleagues are writing about in the award-winning website, Stories From School.


Federal shutdown's impact

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The Education Department will be hit if Congress does not act soon but the impact will not be felt at schools, colleges and universities right away.


A demonstration of courage

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Congratulations to Seattle’s Garfield High School history teacher Jesse Hagopian who was honored with major education awards in Washington DC last Saturday from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.


SAT scores continue to rise

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Once again, Washington’s 12th graders are near the top of the heap in SAT scores this year. The combined average score of 1526 on the 2013 SAT ranks Washington as the fourth highest score among states with at least 50 percent of eligible students taking the test. That national composite scores is 1474.


This day in history

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Fifty-six years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock to enforce desegregation. Fifty-one years ago today, an appeal court ordered the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, the college’s first African American student.


Redrawing school boundaries in Seattle takes toll

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As Seattle prepares to redraw boundaries again, parents, teachers and students are up in arms with new plans for Hawthorne Elementary.


"Accountability tests" not accountable

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As some of you prepare to attend this evening’s Town Hall Meeting in Seattle about standardized testing (see post below), take a look at the Atlanta Journal Constitution article which spotlights how numerous and common errors in standardized tests are plaguing students around the country.


Town Hall test discussion

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Head over to Town Hall in Seattle this Tuesday (Sept. 17) at 7:30 p.m. for a discussion titled: To Test or Not to Test featuring a panel discussing standardized tests.


Resources for 9/11

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September 11. It means something different now. Click anywhere on this sentence for some resources for educators to talk with students – most who are too young to remember that day and others who want to mark the day by doing something to help others.


California Senate OK's new test plan

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The California State Senate green lighted a bill which will allow students to “test drive” the Measure of Academic Performance and Progress. What is worth pointing out is that the bill allows the schools to dump their current standardized testing program while they make the transition. Also worth pointing out is that parents are opting students out of tests more often.


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