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Yakima educators united. They got organized. They hung in there. They pushed back against obstinate administrators. Now they have more cash in their pockets and a living wage. See how they did it! Video or mobile version

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It’s our best opportunity in a generation to win increased funding for public education, including educator compensation and smaller class sizes. Details

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Meet Lyon Terry, Washington's 2015 Teacher of the Year. He's a lot like the rest of us, with great days and days that feel like failure. Ultimately, he knows teaching matters: as educators, we change lives. Watch the video

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Weighing In ...
Go Hawks!

Everett High School released this lip dub video last April in celebration of Superbowl XLVIII.  It’s fitting to take a look before Superbowl XLIX.

Washington is number one on "Terrible 10" tax list

Washington is number one in most regressive taxes. That means our laws hurt the poor and benefit the rich. The nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s new analysis places us at the top when it comes to the most regressive tax systems in the nation. With pressure to fund McCleary, now is the time for lawmakers to close corporate loopholes and create a fairer tax system.

Focus on equal opportunities for all students

As lawmakers in Olympia begin their 105-day session in Olympia today, the NEA is calling on lawmakers in the other Washington to refocus the Elementary Secondary Education Act where it belongs – on ensuring that all students have equal educational opportunities.

WEA Small/Rural Locals Conference

Are you from a small and/or rural local? Size doesn't have to be hinderance when it comes to being an active and vibrant local. Registration is now open for the upcoming WEA Small/Rural Locals Conference, an event geared toward addressing the unique issues of small and rural locals. 


Nominations open for NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence

The NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize, reward and promote excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession. They also honor public education and the dedicated members of the NEA. The awards are presented jointly by the NEA Foundation and the National Education Association (NEA).


Jan. 31 deadline approaching for TRS 3 members

Beginning Jan. 31, Teacher Retirement System 3 (TRS 3) members will no longer be able to change their personal contribution rate. This is critical as this month is the last chance TRS 3 members have, while continuing to work for your current employing school district, to make any change that affects both take-home pay and retirement savings.


Nominate an amazing ESP colleague

Here's your chance to nominate and recognize an amazing WEA education support professional for his or her work in our schools. WEA is seeking nominations for the 2015 WEA Education Support Professional of the Year.


Bag the junk and share your school's smart snacks ideas

Share your successes and challenges with providing healthy options in vending machines, cafeteria a la carte lines, school stores, and fundraisers.


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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