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Before you vote, check out the pro-education candidates

It’s the middle of summer, and you’ve probably received your primary election ballot in the mail.


Renton teacher and state Rep. Steve Bergquist is one of the pro-public education candidates on the Aug. 5 ballot.

And you’re wondering: Who are the pro-public education candidates for local and state offices? Click here to find out!

WEA-PAC, WEA’s political action committee, has endorsed more than 50 candidates for everything from state Supreme Court to the Legislature. (We’re still in the process of making recommendations, so the list of pro-ed candidates will continue to grow in coming weeks – including candidates for Congress.)

Be sure to mail or drop off your primary ballot on or before Aug. 5.

Did you know WEA-PAC is Washington’s largest and most effective political action committee for school employees?

More than 33,000 teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and retired educators are WEA-PAC members, and together, we elect pro-education candidates in local and statewide elections. This year, that includes four educators – incumbent state Reps. Monica Stonier, Steve Bergquist and Lillian Ortiz-Self, in addition to Everett teacher Mike Wilson, who is running for an open state House seat.

WEA-PAC recommendations are made by teams of WEA members at the local level. It’s a thorough, educator-led process focused on public education and issues that directly affect school employees. Outgoing WEA-PAC Manager Martha Patterson from Olympic, has this to say about the process:

“It’s great to see how candidates respond to the written questionnaire and even more interesting to interview the candidates in person. It becomes clear which candidate understands and supports our public schools, who is interested in forming a relationship with us and who is willing to seek us out on education issues they don’t know a lot about.”

Ultimately, Patterson said, WEA-PAC helps influence the policies and decisions that affect students and educators. From the governor to local school board members, elected officials make major decisions about education policies and resources, including compensation, class size and academic standards.

“We need more elected leaders in Olympia and in local school districts who will fight for what our schools and students need,” Patterson said.

Be sure to mail or drop off your primary ballot on or before Aug. 5. Ballots for the Nov. 4 general election arrive in mid-October.

I-1351 deadline is here: Turn in your signature petition!

Turn in your I-1351 petitions ASAP! With a week to go, we need every signature for I-1351, the initiative to reduce class sizes. Don’t let them sit on your kitchen counter or car seat one more day. Turn them in. If you have a petition, and don’t know where to send it, mail it toContinue Reading

I-1351 gives WEA members hope for the future

Now that school is out in most school districts, WEA members are focused on collecting signatures for Initiative 1351 at street fairs, farmers markets and other community events. WEA member Karen Laase says public support for I-1351 gives her hope. It’s time to make a final push to guarantee I-1351 is on the fall ballot,Continue Reading

Help make I-1351 history!

The Fox-Bailey kids deserve smaller class sizes — as do ALL Washington public school students. I-1351 is a historic chance to reduce class sizes in our K-12 public schools — an investment in public schools that will benefit our state’s students for generations. Collecting the signatures we need to get I-1351 on the fall ballotContinue Reading

WEA President Kim Mead applauds Supreme Court’s latest McCleary order

The state Supreme Court has ordered state officials to explain why the state should not be held in contempt for violating Court orders related to the McCleary decision, which directed the state to fully fund basic education by 2018. Statement from Washington Education Association President Kim Mead, 6/12/14: “WEA members applaud the Supreme Court’s leadership and willingness toContinue Reading