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Let’s get serious

Gov. Jay Inslee released details about his education budget Thursday, December 18. He unveiled new and more fair revenue sources  – a step in the right direction. Yet his overall budget falls far short of fully funding our kids’ education as required by the McCleary decision and I-1351. It doesn’t provide for competitive professional compensation for educators, and underfunds higher education.

“If we are serious about every child’s future, let’s get serious about doing what works – funding our schools so every child receives more one-on-one attention and has caring, committed and qualified educators in the classroom to support them,” said Kim Mead, WEA president.

Watch for more details after the holidays.



Governor’s budget falls short

Monday night, Gov. Jay Inslee released a preview of his education budget. He makes some much-needed progress on education funding, but his plan falls short of meeting the requirements of both the McCleary decision and I-1351. That is unacceptable. We urge you to tell the Governor and your legislators to fully fund smaller class sizes inContinue Reading

WEA statement on Gov. Inslee’s budget

Click here to email Gov. Jay Inslee and your legislators! Statement from WEA President Kim Mead regarding Gov. Inslee’s education budget, 12/15/14 “Teachers and education support staff across Washington look forward to learning more about Gov. Inslee’s education budget tonight. By all accounts, the 2015 legislative session will be historic in its focus on fullyContinue Reading

Fully Fund Education – Class sizes and Compensation

Click here to email Gov. Jay Inslee and your legislators! The state Constitution makes it clear: Fully funding public education is the state’s paramount duty. The Supreme Court, in its McCleary decision, has ruled Washington is failing to fulfill that paramount duty to our students, and the court is holding the state in contempt. InContinue Reading

I-1351: We did the right thing for kids!

Initiative 1351 is a huge victory for Washington’s 1,000,000 K-12 public school students. All students, regardless of family income, ZIP code or age, will now have the opportunity to learn in smaller classes. Along with hard work, it took hope, vision and courage to pass I-1351. As education professionals and union members, we can doContinue Reading

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