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Money talks loudly

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According to "Politico," The Walton Family Foundation has given startup grants to launch 1,500 charter schools across our contry. That's one in every four charter schools nationwide. Speaking of dollars shaping federal and state public policy, Scott Thomas who is dean of the education school at Claremont Graduate University, says Bill Gates and his foundation staff “have assembled an agenda and a mechanism to achieve their objectives, plain and simple.”


Why not us?

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We can bet that some 450 Kimball Elementary School students are wearing their Seahawks jersey today in celebration of our Superbowl win. Like so many WEA members, SEA member Kevin Zelko has a second job – a part-time beer vendor at Seahawks games. He noticed (during a recent spirit day where kids could wear Seahawks blue and green) some of the students could not afford to purchase garb and decided to use his own tip money to help.


Immeasurable

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Ninety-four students; 31 adults – mostly teachers were stranded together all night at an elementary school in Atlanta, GA during yesterday’s storm which dumped snow deep enough to stop people from traveling. Most of the kids were asleep by 10. Most of the teachers were up all night. Educators around the Atlanta area comforted students who were stuck at school. Evaluation of this kind of dedication is immeasurable.


WEA membership growing

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Recent figures from WEA membership: We are 83,737 strong – WEA membership is at an all-time high. Employment is up some due to implementation of all-day kindergarten around the state.

Copying South Korea

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan continues to tout that South Korea offers more and demands more of students than American schools. He talks about how parents sometimes “demand too much” but asks why we can’t emulate South Korea?


Supremes consider "legality" of mandatory union fees

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U.S. Supreme Court justices heard arguments, yesterday, in an important case about whether nonunion members must pay their fair share fees to help cover the costs of negotiating a contract from which they benefit. Listen to this National Public Radio story to learn more. A decision is expected by summer.


Just another day

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Revered teacher/blogger Nicholas Ferroni writes about a typical day in the life of a high school teacher and makes a case for genuine teacher evaluation.


Tax dollars at work

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“Slate” writer and science education activist Zack Kopplin writes, this week, about an investigation into some Texas charter schools’ science, history and “value” lessons. Some 17,000 public school students attending Texas’ largest charter program, Responsive Education Solutions charter system, learn that evolution is “dogma” and an “unproved theory” with no experimental basis.


More than a nudge

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Read this excellent article about the Washington State Supreme Court’s opinion issued Thursday. “The need for immediate action could not be more apparent,” the opinion on the McCleary case says.


Taking time to think

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A year after the tragic shootings in Connecticut, Spokane EA President Jenny Rose talks about bargaining issues related to resource officers carrying guns in Spokane schools.


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