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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 on your favorite WEA I-1351 postcard design.
Vote on your favorite WEA I-1351 postcard design.

We worked hard to get I-1351 on the ballot, but now we need to make sure our friends, family and neighbors vote YES when they return their ballots. We also need to reach out to pro-education voters who may need a reminder to vote. A personal phone call from an educator is the most effective way to connect with those folks. That’s why WEA members are hosting I-1351 phone banks in every part of the state between now and the Nov. 4 election. Ballots start arriving around Oct. 17, and it’s crucial we get out the vote.

Will you join other WEA members in your area for a phone bank shift after school or on a Saturday? The list of dates and locations is here.

And you can also help pass I-1351 by going here and voting on your favorite WEA I-1351 postcard – which you can also print and send to your favorite pro-education voter.

YES on I-1351 and smaller class sizes for our kids!

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.

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 the

Focus on the real barriers to opportunity

Teachers from Tacoma and Franklin Pierce testified in Olympia about fully funding schools and providing the support children and families need. WEA members testified Monday against a Senate bill that unfairly – and unrealistically – suggests that closing the opportunity gap is entirely the responsibility of public school employees. The legislation, Senate Bill 6063, fails

Educators, parents challenge charter school law in court

This is the coalition news release regarding the legal challenge to Washington’s new charter school law. WEA is a plaintiff in the case. Download and print the news release here. Educators, parents challenge charter school law in court Friday / news release A coalition of parents, educators, and community groups is going to court Friday to

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