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Our priorities remain

We can expect to see a lot of maneuvering and machinations on policy and budget issues between now and the end of session. Regardless of the daily twists and turns in the legislature, our priorities remain the same. 1) After 6 years without even a COLA, It’s Time to provide educators with professional and competitiveContinue Reading

Senate budget goes backwards on educator pay, shortchanges class sizes

A day after more than 400 WEA members lobbied for education funding in Olympia, the Senate released a budget plan that goes backwards on educator pay and health benefits and ignores the need to reduce class sizes in grades 4-12. Here’s WEA’s news release about the Senate budget: Senate budget fails on teacher pay, smallerContinue Reading

Hundreds of educators tell Legislature: More teaching, less testing, fund schools!

Email here to oppose ESSB 5748! More than 400 educators and parents lobbied the Legislature Monday to oppose a bill mandating the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations – and to support full funding for Washington’s public schools. “ESSB 5748 is bad policy, doesn’t help kids, doesn’t help teachers and is a distractionContinue Reading

House budget increases K-12 funding, falls short on pay and class size

Here’s the official WEA news release about the proposed state budget released Friday, which calls for more than $3 billion in additional education funding over the next two years. House budget provides major increase in K-12 funding, but falls short on class size and compensation The new House budget plan is a substantial and significant increaseContinue Reading

Message to legislators: Oppose ESSB 5748 and focus on fully funding our schools

WEA opposes ESSB 5748 and any legislation that mandates using state test scores to evaluate teachers. No changes or amendments can fix the bill, which passed the Senate and is now in the House. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Education Committee 10 am March 30 (a change from the previouslyContinue Reading

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