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A state Supreme Court decision on pension funding will mean cuts that harm the retirement security of more than 100,000 public school employees and retirees. Details

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Hundreds of educators were in Spokane this month for WEA-sponsored trainings on National Board certification, Common Core, new evaluations, and to help bolster human and civil rights in our schools. High-quality professional development is just one part of WEA's ongoing commitment to members.

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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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Energized educators receive $5,000 grant
08/19/2014

Cheney Education Association high school teachers Shannon Root and Jacob Troyer are the new recipients of an NEA Foundation $5,000 grant which they will use to teach students about alternative energy by helping them design wind-power generators.


Share what's on your mind
08/18/2014

Here’s a chance to share your voice to help guide the Washington State Board of Education in their strategic planning for the next two years. Take a few minutes to fill out this very short survey.


No waiver? Whatever!
08/15/2014

Washington State – the only state in the country required to send letters to parents letting them know that all of our schools are deemed “failing” since 100 percent of the students are not scoring 100 percent proficiently on tests that are, by far, not 100 percent reliable.


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Public schools outperform private and charter

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Two University of Illinois professors have released a study with unexpected results: When controlled for demographics, public schools are producing better test scores than private schools and charter schools. Check out the article which appeared in the Boston Globe's Boston Magazine.


Not enough movement

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Many parents are concerned about the lack of physical education in our schools. A new survey released by National Public Radio, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says one in four parents said their child’s school puts too little emphasis on PE.


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.


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