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More than 2,600 teachers from eight school districts have voted to stage one-day strikes over the state Senate’s failure to fully fund K-12 public schools and to protest Senate proposals that harm students and blame teachers. Learn more at OurVoice

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Washington students deserve a quality education, no matter their ZIP code. Watch this video to learn more and take action at Our Voice.

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Your retirement does not have to be the end of your connection to WEA. Watch this video to hear members share some of the benefits of WEA retired.

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Weighing In ...
A waste of time all over

WEA kindergarten teachers have been talking about the difficulties associated with evaluating every student during the first six weeks of school to establish their "kindergarten readiness" instead of establishing community by helping new students transition into the routine of school.

Where are the teachers going?

Why are numbers in college teacher programs falling so quickly? The University of North Carolina School of Education dean says he thinks it’s because people considering the field no longer see it as a stable career. He says the “headache list” is long for teachers with high-stakes testing and efforts to link developmentally inappropriate tests to teacher evaluation.

Brave steps forward?

A New York elementary school has taken the first step in applying lessons learned from Finland. For many, this is a beacon of hope. If you've seen the film, "Race to Nowhere," you'll know that many agree that homework has gotten out of control.  Some say educators are being asked to teach far more than what is possible to teach in a school year. What do you think?

Partners in Prevention Conference

Are you prepared for a crisis at your school or worksite? As classified employees -- paraprofessionals, office support personnel, custodians, bus drivers, and food service workers -- as the first employees on and off site, you know firsthand the criticalness of being aware and alert to your surroundings for the safety of your students, parents and fellow colleagues at all times. Through a generous NEA grant, WEA is offering a free, one-day safety conference for ESP members only.


Teaching Equity Conference

Join fellow WEA members, future teachers, administrators and school personnel at a conference to learn about what equity looks like in today's classroom.


Premera Cyberattack: Attention current and former WEA members

On Tuesday, March 17, we learned that Premera Blue Cross was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack and we sent out a notice to WEA members advising them about it and forwarding a web link where people can sign up for two years of free credit reporting and identity theft protection.

All current and former members may recieve a letter from Premera in the coming weeks.


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


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.


Discounted tickets for Seattle Sounders FC games

Seattle Sounders FC is offering a special discount for select games during the 2015 season to all Washington Education Association members.


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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