Political Action HQ for WEA Members

Home of OurVoiceWashingtonEA.org

Category Archives: Students

Our best opportunity in a generation starts Monday, Jan. 12

Download WEA’s 2015 legislative priorities.

On Monday, the 2015 Legislature starts in Olympia — and it’s our best opportunity in a generation to win increased funding for public education, including educator compensation and smaller class sizes.

“This is a critical opportunity to make a lasting impact for public education and our students,” said Karen Cornell, a teacher at Cascade Middle School near Vancouver and a member of the Evergreen Education Association. “The crisis mode is over. We need to restore what we’ve lost and fully fund public education.”

“It’s what our kids deserve,” added Emily Humphrey, a teacher at Orchards Elementary and also an EEA member.

Teacher Emily Humphrey says our  kids deserve a fully funded education.
Teacher Emily Humphrey says our kids deserve a fully funded education.

As educators, we are facing an opportunity that comes along once in a generation. Consider:

  • The Supreme Court has issued a contempt order for the Legislature to increase K-12 funding.
  • I-1351 passed and smaller class sizes for all students (and more support staff) are now the will of the voters. In a democracy, that matters and we can’t let legislators and others pretend it doesn’t.
  • By law, the Legislature has to restore the voter-mandated cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for educators this year.
  • The economy is expanding.
  • Polling shows public education is voters’ top priority for the 2015 legislative session.

“Knowing that the Legislature last year found an $8.7 billion tax break for Boeing means that there is absolutely no reason why the public’s and our priority can’t be funded,” said WEA President Kim Mead.

WEA members believe every student should benefit from qualified, committed and caring teachers and education support professionals. We’re advocating for:

  • Competitive professional compensation, including salaries, health insurance and retirement benefits
  • Smaller class sizes approved by voters via Initiative 1351
  • Resumption of the voter-mandated COLA
  • Solid funding for higher education to ensure college students receive degrees, not debt

You can read WEA’s full set of legislative priorities for ensuring all students have the opportunity for success in school.

The priorities were approved by the elected WEA board of directors in November. WEA members will have many opportunities to help achieve these goals in the coming months, both in Olympia and in your local community.

Click here to email Gov. Inslee and your legislators and tell them to fully fund our K-12 schools and higher education.

Now is the time to fully fund Washington’s public schools

Now is the time. Next week, the 2015 Legislature convenes in Olympia — and it’s our best chance to win increased funding for public education, including educator compensation and smaller class sizes. As educators, we are facing an opportunity that comes along once in a generation. For the first time, perhaps ever, we have a confluenceContinue Reading

Join an Initiative 1351 phone bank, vote in the WEA postcard design contest

From our experience as educators, we know students do better in school when they get personal, one-on-one attention from adults – which is why passing Initiative 1351 is crucial. Our class sizes rank 47th out of 50 states, and our kids simply can’t wait any longer for the smaller class sizes they deserve. Vote onContinue Reading

WEA delegates vote to support class-size initiative: I-1351

Click here to make your commitment to passing I-1351. Major signature gathering campaign begins now; Compensation also a top WEA priority Friday morning at WEA’s annual Representative Assembly, nearly 1,000 educators from across Washington voted to support Initiative 1351, the ballot measure that will dramatically reduce class sizes for students in every grade and subject.Continue Reading

Lawmakers face competing teacher evaluation bills

Email your legislators and tell them why you oppose the mandated use of state test scores in teacher evaluations and then sign this online petition. Or call your legislators’ offices and leave a message. You can look up their direct phone numbers here (call your two state reps and your state senator). Or call theContinue Reading

32032 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way, WA 98001-9687