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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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Research shows students do better when teachers have time to work together. But contract negotiations in Royal City have stalled as district negotiators insist it's more important to stay in charge than to do what's right. Video or Mobile Version

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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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Voice of a veteran teacher
08/22/2014

Check out a new blog by Peter Greene, a teacher and writer who will be blogging for “Education Week.” His blog, titled “View from the Cheap Seats,” will reflect his opinion as a veteran teacher and examine education public policy. His current blog, "Curmudgication," is very popular among educators around the country.


Look who's talking
08/21/2014

Washington State Teacher of the Year and ELL Specialist Katie Brown recently took time to have a chat with Bill Gates. She explained why it is critically important for educators to have time during the school day to meet, share ideas, learn from one another and get valuable feedback from colleagues -- all to help educate students more effectively.


Class size on the ballot
07/25/2014

Class Size Initiative-1351 is officially certified! Secretary of State Kim Wyman says a team of 10 signature checkers finished their work which began last Monday late Thursday. Sponors of I-1351 brought in 348,072 signatures. Officials checked 10,442 random signatures. Of those checked, there was an error rate of just over 11 percent, far below the average error rate of 18 percent. The Class Size initiative is one of three initiatives by the people to appear on this November’s ballot. The other two both deal with background checks for gun purchases.


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Tide turning?

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Educators around the country plan a Day of Action Dec. 9 which aims to push back against K-12 reforms focused on high-stakes testing and corporate takeover of public schools.


Highest scores come with a price

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Read Diane Ravitch’s blog for her response to this week’s PISA test score release (and see below for more information). She adds context that is missing in much of the coverage.


PISA Day

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Today is PISA day. The 2012 reading, math and science test results are being released from the Program for International Student Assessment. The US hasn’t moved up or down much. We are somewhere in the middle of the pack with our average scores. Who is doing really well? Finland. Find out why and see what NEA President Dennis Van Roekel is saying.


Opting out

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While it doesn’t look like high stakes tests are going anywhere, parents – especially those with very young children are pushing back. See what’s happening in New York.


Take time to thank yourself

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As Thanksgiving approaches, those of us who advocate for our public school educators are so thankful that you are in our schools every day educating and shaping our students. Bloggerr Dennis Hong takes time to clarify your powerful work.


Richland teacher nationally recognized

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Congratulations to River’s Edge High School teacher and Richland EA member Brian Sites for being selected as one of five finalists in the country for the National Education Association Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence.


Living wage

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We have a long history in this state of supporting unions. Washington is home to those who are not afraid to try new things. Boeing is trying something new. They are trying to squeeze the middle class into total submission. They have been plagued with issues since moving some of their operations elsewhere, but they are willing to risk it by continuing this practice. We are all losing as they move production to other places, but we are all losing something much, much bigger if our union brothers and sisters give in.


SPN spins exposed

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What is SPN? The State Policy Network is a little known but huge and very well-funded force pushing the Koch Brothers' and other far-right  foundations like the Waltons, Coors, Scaife and Bradley. In our state, SPN money goes to two groups who call themselves “think tanks” but who are closely aligned with the American legialtive Exchange Council (ALEC) – the Freedom Foundation (formerly the Evergreen Freedom Foundation) and the Seattle-based Washington Policy Center. Take a look at these political machines that are calling themselves think tanks.


Welcome to failing charters

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Listen to or read KUOW reporter Ann Dorn’s analysis of the six “established” out-of-state charter organizations who happen to be failing to consistently meet standards where they operate but are applying to open schools here. So much for bringing “successful” charter models to our state.  The deadline for applying is Nov. 22. Stay tuned


Peters' passion prevails

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Check out this savvy analysis of the recent Seattle School Board race. Money vs. passion.


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