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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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Andi Nofziger speaks out about why class size counts!

 
Weighing In ...
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.


Solidarity with Vermont
10/17/2014

Some 250 teachers and other educators are on strike in South Burlington, VT. The sticking issues? Salaries and health care. This is the fourth day of the strike and our union sisters and brothers could use some inspiration. Please send notes, letters and encouraging words to sbealetters@gmail.com


No better time than now
10/16/2014

College of the Holy Cross assistant professor Jack Schneider says “education reformers” have gotten good at “scaring the hell out of people” about the state of public education. Schneider’s work points out that there has never been a better time to be a student in America’s public schools.


Human & Civil Rights Conference

Join fellow WEA educators and members of color at our 2014 Human and Civil Rights Leadership Conference Dec. 5-6. The Human and Civil Rights Leadership Conference is a collaborative effort to help current and future educators with issues of cross-cultural competency, social justice and educational equity within the institutions that serve our Washington students.

 

Grants for small and rural locals

WEA is offering several grants to Small/Rural Locals with 150 or fewer members this year. Both the professional development grants and local release time grants are only reimbursable for active WEA members.

 

Statewide ESP Issues Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 WEA Statewide ESP Issues Conference. This year's conference will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, at Mount Rainier High School, in Des Moines. Choose from 30 professional development classes designed specifically for education support professionals. Registration is $20, and up to six clock hours will be offered for $5 at the conference.

 

Changes in certification renewal

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year there are a number of changes related to certification renewal requirements that WEA certificated members need to be aware of for planning purposes.

 

WEA decries court ruling that cuts stock profits from pension plans

After a seven-year legal fight led by WEA, the Supreme Court has upheld cuts in retirement benefits for more than more than 100,000 K-12 educators.

 

WEA applauds Supreme Court's latest McCleary order

WEA members applaud the Supreme Court's leadership and willingness to hold the Legislature accountable for failing to fully fund K-12 public schools as required by the Constitution -- and its own legislation.

Educators, the people who work directly with our students, know firsthand that the need to fully fund K-12 public schools is urgent and immediate. We can't afford to let the Legislature shortchange another generation of Washington students.

Instead of making more excuses and risking contempt of court charges, legislators should follow the Court's directive and fully fund Washington's K-12 public schools. Our students deserve nothing less.

-- WEA President Kim Mead

 

Prestigious award to WEA-Retired member Jean Savidge

Jean Savidge was awarded the 2014 NEA-Retired Distinguished Service Award at the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting. Congratulations, Jean!

 

Edupourri

Check out these varied and evolving links to miscellaneous items submitted to WEA that are of likely interest to educators in our state. Read more...
 
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