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New PR for Common Core

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Check out this two-minute video (put together by Common Core proponents) that you’ll be seeing soon on social media sites. It mocks Bill Gates as a “rich computer guy in nerdy glasses,” who doesn’t make the best computers anymore. The tagline is, “Common Core. It’s Better than You’ve Heard.”


Debate on opting out of testing continues

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Veteran journalist Joseph Williams shares a story he wrote about a school district in Florida that rejected state and national education assessment tests. This vote, which occurred last month, is part of a national movement to pull back on standardized testing.


Gates has big ideas for "Big History"

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Bill Gates wants to introduce a new way of teaching history to American high school students. While the most powerful non-elected man in the world has his finger in many proverbial pots, this came about simply because he was highly inspired while watching an Australian professor teach history differently. Read the whole article before sharing your comments.


Teens & early morning start times at school a bad mix

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As we watch our own 17-year-old son being forced to wake up even earlier than last year – to make it to an earlier start time this year at his high school, 7:50 –  we wonder what is driving some schools in Washington to push start times back instead of forward since study after study (including one from the American Academy of Pediatrics) points to the fact that teenagers are far more effective when classes start after 8:30 a.m.


We'll see you in court

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Washington legislators have been called to appear in the state Supreme Court today to explain why they haven’t moved quicker to fully fund education as directed to do in the 2012 McCleary Case.


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.


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