Join fellow WEA educators and members of color at our 2014 Human and Civil Rights Leadership Conference Dec. 5-6. The Human and Civil Rights Leadership Conference is a collaborative effort to help current and future educators with issues of cross-cultural competency, social justice and educational equity within the institutions that serve our Washington students.
WEA is offering several grants to Small/Rural Locals with 150 or fewer members this year. Both the professional development grants and local release time grants are only reimbursable for active WEA members.
Registration is now open for the 2014 WEA Statewide ESP Issues Conference. This year's conference will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, at Mount Rainier High School, in Des Moines. Choose from 30 professional development classes designed specifically for education support professionals. Registration is $20, and up to six clock hours will be offered for $5 at the conference.
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year there are a number of changes related to certification renewal requirements that WEA certificated members need to be aware of for planning purposes.
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.
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
Jean Savidge was awarded the 2014 NEA-Retired Distinguished Service Award at the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting. Congratulations, Jean!