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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

It’s a great day for Washington’s students. This morning, Class Size Counts delivered about 325,000 signatures to lower class sizes to the Secretary of State’s office. We expect the final count to approach 350,000 when CSC turns in a second and final batch on Thursday. With these numbers, I am more than confident that Initiative 1351 will qualify for the ballot and go to a vote of the people in November. When I was out gathering signatures, I heard from many people who were shocked to learn that Washington ranks 47th in the nation in class sizes. We can do better. The promise of Initiative 1351 is that we will do better. Our students deserve it. I want to thank those of you who worked so hard to collect signatures to put 1351 on the ballot. It is because of your commitment that we have achieved this milestone. Congratulations, and thank you. Stay tuned – we will keep you posted about events and progress as I-1351 moves into campaign mode. In the meantime, enjoy your summer. Kim Mead, WEA President

Mary Howes announces that Class Size Counts is submitting over 325,000 signatures.

Mary Howes and 30 kids turn in 325,000 petitions.

Put brakes on plan to pay for Transportation with General Fund dollars

Education is the state’s paramount duty and deserves the same urgent attention the Legislature is giving transportation. Today, the Senate Republicans announced their latest proposal for a new transportation revenue package, which includes a proposal to divert hundreds of millions of dollars from the general fund at the expense of public education and our students.Continue Reading

WEA supports SEA

Mary Lindquist, President of WEA, sent this message to SEA members today in support of the MAP boycott and rally being held this afternoon. On behalf of our 82,000 members, I congratulate you and your colleagues for bringing attention to the shortcomings of the MAP test as used by Seattle Public Schools. The boycott byContinue Reading

Vote – and Verify

Many counties in Washington allow you to check to see if you ballot has been received and your signature verified. It’s easy, from the Secretary of State’s website, you just enter in your name and birthdate. The page will forward you to your county elections office. From there follow the prompts to your online ballotContinue Reading

Olympia Ain’t Vegas

News Flash! What happens in Olympia doesn’t stay in Olympia. In 2013, we expect the legislature will address several issues that hit us in the classroom, at home and with our families. Take a look: Education funding Class size Compensation Teacher evaluation and student test scores Health care More and more, what happens in OlympiaContinue Reading