Over the weekend, a bill mandating the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations resurfaced in Olympia. The state Senate killed earlier legislation, but now it’s back under a different bill number: House Bill 2800.
Email your legislators and tell them in clear terms why you oppose the mandated use of state test scores in teacher evaluations.
We’ve been fighting this misguided proposal for years explaining to lawmakers why forcing school districts to evaluate teachers using state test scores is wrong.
The concept behind HB 2800 was a bad idea before, and it remains a bad idea: there’s no research or evidence to prove mandating state test scores in teacher evaluations helps teachers or benefits students.
Email your legislators now, and tell them to vote against HB 2800.
More than 5,000 educators have signed the petition to US Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the issue.
COLA, bargaining rights and budget update
On Friday, the House Appropriations passed out House Bill 2422, the educator COLA restoration bill. That was a major move forward. Next stop: a vote by the full House of Representatives.
Since 54 representatives from both parties signed the bill as sponsors, if a vote is held, HB 2422 is likely to pass in the House. And while a companion bill in the Senate had more than 20 sponsors, it’s unclear whether the measure would pass in the Republican-controlled Senate.
On Friday, the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee heard House Bill 1348, which would extend equal bargaining rights to community and technical college faculty. They currently have little ability to negotiate salaries. Three WEA members testified in support of HB 1348. Yet the bill didn’t come up for a vote and is now dead – even though the House already passed it this year.
“Despite a strong showing of faculty from all around the state and excellent testimony, Chair Janea Holmquist-Newbry chose not to pass the bill out of her committee. Since Friday was the last day bills could get out of policy committees, the bill will not move forward this session,” said Carla Nacarrato-Sinclair from Spokane Community Colleges and WEA’s AHE leader.