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Meet Murray Campbell, building engineer in Yakima and proud WEA member. The WEA is not some distant group. It's us. All of us. Standing together to share quality professional development ... to negotiate tough but fair contracts ... and to ensure your voice is heard. Video or Learn More

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Smaller class sizes are especially important in subjects like math and science, explains teacher Desi Saylors, in the most recent ad by the Yes on 1351 campaign. Learn more at OurVoice or watch the new TV spot.

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An active unionist and National Board Certified Teacher is Washington's new Teacher of the Year. Seattle's Lyon Terry was honored at an awards ceremony Monday. "We teach kids to be great," Terry said. Details

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We learned today of the tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff and families of the community as we struggle to understand what happened. 

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Norma LaChine speaks out about why class size counts!

 
Weighing In ...
A dangerous trend
10/23/2014

First, parents at Gatewood Elementary came up with enough money to pay to keep a teacher there. Yesterday, Garfield High School parents received a letter from their PTSA telling them that Garfield must “produce” $92,000 by this Friday to save a teaching position there. The letter said, “There will be no replacement – the cancelled classes will simply cease to exist and the affected students will finish the semester with a hole in their schedules.”


Booster clubs boost some
10/22/2014

A new study highlights the huge inequities at public schools across the country due to private groups raising more and more money to “make up” for inadequate funding. Couple that with the recent effort by parents at a Seattle school who raced to raise money to keep one of their teachers from being transferred and you begin to see the complexities of school funding and inequality of services provided to students.


Vermont teachers have TA
10/20/2014

Educators in South Burlington have reached a Tentative Agreement as of Saturday. Thanks to all who sent messages of support. See article directly below for more details.


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More Than A Score

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A Chicago Public Schools parent coalition is calling for students to opt out of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. So far, some 500 students at 29 schools will be skipping the test. The coalition, More Than A Score, says that the ISAT is being replaced this year and that if students refuse to take the test, they will get two week more of learning rather than two weeks of testing.


A courageous and giant heart

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Each of WEA’s 83,000 members possesses skills, qualities, traits which make them unique. On this Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend, we honor the memory of Shirley Walthall. As Everett’s first African American public school teacher, Walthall was an inspiration to students, educators and her community. She loved what she did and she showed courage and leadership in her work and life every day.


For the love of teaching

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Author Glennon Doyle Melton recently spent an afternoon in a fifth grade class trying to figure out a new way to do a math problem. She also discovered  how her son’s teacher keeps a finger on the pulse of students who are struggling with loneliness – something much, much larger than struggling with a math problem.


Money talks loudly

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According to "Politico," The Walton Family Foundation has given startup grants to launch 1,500 charter schools across our contry. That's one in every four charter schools nationwide. Speaking of dollars shaping federal and state public policy, Scott Thomas who is dean of the education school at Claremont Graduate University, says Bill Gates and his foundation staff “have assembled an agenda and a mechanism to achieve their objectives, plain and simple.”


Why not us?

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We can bet that some 450 Kimball Elementary School students are wearing their Seahawks jersey today in celebration of our Superbowl win. Like so many WEA members, SEA member Kevin Zelko has a second job – a part-time beer vendor at Seahawks games. He noticed (during a recent spirit day where kids could wear Seahawks blue and green) some of the students could not afford to purchase garb and decided to use his own tip money to help.


Immeasurable

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Ninety-four students; 31 adults – mostly teachers were stranded together all night at an elementary school in Atlanta, GA during yesterday’s storm which dumped snow deep enough to stop people from traveling. Most of the kids were asleep by 10. Most of the teachers were up all night. Educators around the Atlanta area comforted students who were stuck at school. Evaluation of this kind of dedication is immeasurable.


WEA membership growing

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Recent figures from WEA membership: We are 83,737 strong – WEA membership is at an all-time high. Employment is up some due to implementation of all-day kindergarten around the state.

Copying South Korea

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan continues to tout that South Korea offers more and demands more of students than American schools. He talks about how parents sometimes “demand too much” but asks why we can’t emulate South Korea?


Supremes consider "legality" of mandatory union fees

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U.S. Supreme Court justices heard arguments, yesterday, in an important case about whether nonunion members must pay their fair share fees to help cover the costs of negotiating a contract from which they benefit. Listen to this National Public Radio story to learn more. A decision is expected by summer.


Just another day

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Revered teacher/blogger Nicholas Ferroni writes about a typical day in the life of a high school teacher and makes a case for genuine teacher evaluation.


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