WEA President Kim Mead applauds Supreme Court’s latest McCleary order

The state Supreme Court has ordered state officials to explain why the state should not be held in contempt for violating Court orders related to the McCleary decision, which directed the state to fully fund basic education by 2018. Statement from Washington Education Association President Kim Mead, 6/12/14: “WEA members applaud the Supreme Court’s leadership and willingness toContinue Reading

5 reasons to collect I-1351 signatures at school graduations

It’s graduation time! Thousands of Washington public school students are graduating this month. While we’re proud of the Class of 2014, we’re not proud of the large class sizes they had to endure. Washington is 47th in the nation in class size, and our students deserve better. Now is the time to help reduce class sizesContinue Reading

Have an I-1351 petition? Don’t forget to turn it in!

The school year may be winding down, but our signature-gathering efforts are still going strong! As you prepare to clean out your classrooms and finish the grade reports in the coming weeks, also please be sure you to turn in your Initiative 1351 petition to your association building leader before you leave school for theContinue Reading

Five simple ways to collect five I-1351 signatures

Coffee and a signature for smaller class sizes, please? It only takes five! If every WEA member collects five signatures, Initiative 1351 will be on the November ballot. And passing I-1351 this fall means Washington’s students — and future generations — will have a permanent chance to learn and succeed in smaller class sizes. Getting fiveContinue Reading

I-1351 signatures, some sun and lots of smiles

Educators and volunteers across the state collected thousands of Initiative 1351 signatures over the long Memorial Day weekend to help lower class size for all students in every grade, in every part of our community. In Seattle, volunteers showed up en masse to gather signatures at the Folklife Festival, while teachers and retired educators canvassedContinue Reading