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This is not an isolated incident
05/01/2015

Is anyone keeping count of juniors in Seattle who have opted out of this year’s SBAC? At this point, it is way more than 1,000. The Seattle School District says they are only monitoring four schools and that complete numbers won’t be available until mid-June and the Seattle Times reported this week that 100 percent of Nathan Hale students opted out; Ballard and Ingraham juniors opted out at right around 95 percent; Ingraham students were at 80 percent while both Roosevelt and Franklin reporters numbers that were quite high.


It's hard to stop the tide
04/29/2015

Check out the April 28 blog post in one of Seattle's most read education blogs. It talks about State School Superintendent Randy Dorn getting desperate. Students in Seattle are opting out of taking the SBAC in droves. One tactic is to blame WEA. The post says that is both insulting to educators and parents.


RA 2015 is nearly here
04/20/2015

WEA’s Rep Assembly is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, in Bellevue, WA. Some 1,000 WEA members are meeting to shape policy for the upcoming year. For more information, click here.


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Big business pushing low-quality education

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According to a recently released Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report on charter schools, their privatization proposals are driven, “more by financial and ideological grounds than by sound pedagogy.” The in-depth research, conducted by University of Oregon associate professor and political economist Gordon Lafer, says that backers of the kind of reforms that have been heartily adopted in cities with many low-income students such as Milwaukee, WI, include being “enamored” with the Rocketship chain of schools.


Cyber-charter educators vote to join union

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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?

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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?

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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.


Tacoma teacher is $25,000 award recipient

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Tacoma Education Association member Nathan Gibbs-Bowling is Washington’s 2013-14 recipient of a $25,000 Milken Educator Award. In a surprise assembly this morning, the Lincoln High School teacher was greeted by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, state Rep. Jake Fey and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland among other dignitaries. More than 1,400 students and faculty were on hand to watch Gibbs-Bowling receive the news from Foundation Co-Founder Michael Milken.


Listen (and watch)

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The Seattle Education blog has the full-length film called “Listen,” a documentary that looks at education from a student perspective. It is compelling and refreshing and an antidote to the usual “ed reform” hoopla we are so accustomed to seeing in mainstream media. Take a look.


Clever answers

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Due to post-Representative Assembly fatigue and in honor of "testing season," we post another day of laughter.


Laughter is the best medicine

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While RA is going on in Spokane, take a look at this advertisement for a new "medication," antiunionol.


Vancouver educators talking about CCSS

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Southwest Washington educators are talking about Common Core State Standards with colleagues today. They are encouraging them to write post cards to legislators and other education stakeholders to make sure there is appropriate collaboration time and resources for CCSS implementation. Their efforts are one in a number of grassroots events going on all over the country today to raise awareness about fulfilling the promise of public education for every student.


Rep Assembly 2014

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WEA’s 94th Annual Representative Assembly gets under way Thursday, April 3. Some 950 delegates will meet in Spokane to set WEA policy for the coming year.


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