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TFA helpful or harmful?

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Brooklyn writer Owen Davis keeps his eye on public education politics and education reform. Read his compendium of critiques by those who worked as educators for TFA.


SKEA has TA

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The South Kitsap Education Association Executive Board and the SKEA Bargaining Support Team members meet this Labor Day to go over the tentative agreement reached last Friday and to vote on what recommendations to make to SKEA members at their General Membership Meeting tomorrow. The TA addresses secondary class sizes and elementary split classes.


South Kitsap EA on strike

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South Kitsap Education Association members voted last night to go on strike once their contract expires at the end of August unless a reasonable settlement is reached before then. The issue is class size. Members do not want to walk out but feel secondary class sizes with 37 plus students coupled with no movement at the table around eliminating split classes at the elementary level is forcing them to take action. Bargaining resumed today.

A sea of red

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Nearly 200 South Kitsap Education Association members showed their solidarity and shared frustration at a board meeting last night. There has been no movement at all on their one big issue, class sizes.

Just in case you didn't know

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Extra, extra, read all about it. The Network for Public Education points out this week that the “fabulous” documentary, “Waiting for Superman,”  was shockingly “full of crap.”


S. Kitsap bargaining

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South Kitsap Education Association members are hard at work supporting their bargaining team as they begin negotiating to make sure the district doesn't add more students to their already-overcrowded classrooms.


Prepping for fall

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WEA Board members and local presidents took time to paint, scrape and garden at Totem Middle School in Marysville last week to thank the community for hosting WEA’s Summer U and to recognize Totem as one of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools in Washington which significantly outperformed similar schools across the country.


Wrong direction for class size

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Seattle Education Association says the largest sticking point in their bargain is class size. The district says bargaining is proceeding “as usual” but SEA President Jonathan Knapp says members are highly concerned.


Tumwater educator speaks out

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While our country makes a huge transition in the way we pay for and receive health care, we need to be mindful about those whose very existence depends on highly specialized care. High school teacher Francie Harville is mom to a six-year-old daughter.

"As a public school employee, I urge you to oppose Senate Bill 5905. As a parent of a child with a highly specialized and unique health condition, I demand it.

“I have worked for 20 years as a teacher, and since the birth of my child, I've worked part-time so that I could balance my time between my commitment to education and my love of and caring for my only child -- my miracle baby. The fact that she exists is a miracle in so many ways, not just for me personally and emotionally, but medically. 


All details helpful

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Check out what  FunnyMonkey blog contributor Bill Fitzgerald writes about Oregon’s adoption of Common Core. “If you miss the background, you miss the story,” Fitzerald says, “and then everyone is misinformed.”


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