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Voice of a veteran teacher

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Check out a new blog by Peter Greene, a teacher and writer who will be blogging for “Education Week.” His blog, titled “View from the Cheap Seats,” will reflect his opinion as a veteran teacher and examine education public policy. His current blog, "Curmudgication," is very popular among educators around the country.


Look who's talking

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Washington State Teacher of the Year and ELL Specialist Katie Brown recently took time to have a chat with Bill Gates. She explained why it is critically important for educators to have time during the school day to meet, share ideas, learn from one another and get valuable feedback from colleagues -- all to help educate students more effectively.


Energized educators receive $5,000 grant

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Cheney Education Association high school teachers Shannon Root and Jacob Troyer are the new recipients of an NEA Foundation $5,000 grant which they will use to teach students about alternative energy by helping them design wind-power generators.


Class size on the ballot

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Class Size Initiative-1351 is officially certified! Secretary of State Kim Wyman says a team of 10 signature checkers finished their work which began last Monday late Thursday. Sponors of I-1351 brought in 348,072 signatures. Officials checked 10,442 random signatures. Of those checked, there was an error rate of just over 11 percent, far below the average error rate of 18 percent. The Class Size initiative is one of three initiatives by the people to appear on this November’s ballot. The other two both deal with background checks for gun purchases.


Report finds teacher pay "painfully low"

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Much is written about low teacher salaries and beginning teachers, but a Center for American Progress report focuses on mid- and late-career teacher salary and found they are lacking all over the country.


Chimacum teacher nationally recognized

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Congratulations to Chimacum teacher Maren Johnson, one of 39 public school educators named as recipients of the 2015 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence, the NEA Foundation has announced.


Solidarity

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While we are collecting 350,00 signatures to put I-1351 for smaller classes on the ballot, our colleagues in British Columbia have voted to support a full-scale walkout over class sizes and compensation issues, if both sides don't reach an agreement this weekend.


Thanks!

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Sometimes we forget the impact we have as educators. Schools are busy places, and teachers and school staff are busy people, so it’s not surprising that we often miss out on chances to reflect upon the influence that we have over the young people in our care.


One signature a day

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It only takes 5! If every WEA member collects five signatures, Initiative 1351 will be on the November ballot. More importantly, that guarantees that Washington's students -- and future generations – will have a permanent chance to learn and succeed in smaller class sizes.


A "sign" of the times

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One of the best things about collecting signatures for Intiative 1351 is having the chance to talk to people face-to-face and to discuss why lowering class size will make a profound difference in the lives of our students and families.


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