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Renton mom Katherine Jones knows our kids get one chance at a quality education. See the latest TV spot as Katherine tells voters it's time to end the excuses and give kids the attention they deserve. Video or More 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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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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Weighing In ...
What's wrong with this picture?

If you have any doubt that there is something very wrong with the Teach For America system, read this article in "The Nation" to learn more about what is happening in school districts across the nation including those in our own back yard.

Our day in court

      Today is the day the Washington Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments about whether or not Washington’s charter school law violates the state constitution. Last December, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that some of the new law was unconstitutional. The ruling was based on tax dollars aimed at public schools which would be funneled to charter schools.

Get out the vote

Mid-term elections are upon us. Please remind people that it is their responsibility and their privilege to vote. A lot of people who intend to vote forget because it’s one more step to find a stamp or because “it’s not going to make a difference,” or their ballot is buried deep in a pile of unopened mail.

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.


WEA Human and Civil Rights Awards

Do you know of anyone or a group of individuals making a difference in the world? If you do, nominate them for a WEA Human and Civil Rights Award.


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!



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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