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Class Size Counts has delivered 325,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office to lower class sizes across Washington and to qualify Initiative 1351 for the November ballot. Video or Mobile Version

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First-time NEA delegates Erica Lebens-Englund, of Cheney, and Jeanine Coghlan, of East Valley near Spokane, say they're energized by the 9,000 educators at the NEA Representative Assembly in Denver, making decisions to improve public education nationwide.  

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WEA is partnering with OSPI and regional tribes to help inspire a new generation of Native teachers who better reflect the students already in Washington's schools. Video or Mobile Version

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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.


Report finds teacher pay "painfully low"
07/23/2014

Much is written about low teacher salaries and beginning teachers, but a Center for American Progress report focuses on mid- and late-career teacher salary and found they are lacking all over the country.


Chimacum teacher nationally recognized
06/24/2014

Congratulations to Chimacum teacher Maren Johnson, one of 39 public school educators named as recipients of the 2015 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence, the NEA Foundation has announced.


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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.


The "core" of the matter

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Here are a few websites you can check this weekend if you’re thinking about Common Core State Standards: The Teaching Channel, Learn zillion, Share my lesson and Teachers pay teachers.


Keep an eye on races

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While making sure your ballot is in, keep your eyes on these education-related races outside of Washington. Check out what’s happening in Douglas County, CO. The Koch brothers are heavily involved in a local race and facing opposition from fed up parents and union members.


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