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Final state budget falls short on compensation, smaller class sizes

The state budget the Legislature approved Monday effectively cuts educator pay, increases class sizes for most students and fails to fully fund K-12 public schools as required by the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. “As educators, we are committed to the success of every single one of our students, regardless of their ZIP Code,” said Kim Mead, presidentContinue Reading

This just in – we have a state budget plan

Monday afternoon, the Legislature introduced a state budget plan. WEA lobbyists are reviewing the budget details, but here’s what we know about the budget as of 4 p.m. Monday. We’ll post a more detailed analysis as soon as possible: It includes the 3 percent COLA for K-12 educators as required by I-732, spread over two years,Continue Reading

House takes up testing again, no budget news

We promised to update you at noon and 5 until the legislature gets its job done. House and Senate members started working mid morning. The House once again passed HB 2214, to delink standardized test results from graduation, and just like the previous times we still don’t expect the Senate to take up the bill.Continue Reading

Legislature Keeps Working, No New Details

Yesterday the Governor and several legislators held a press conference to announce that they had come to agreement in principle about the K-12 and education budgets, but they didn’t release any details. When legislators reconvened today, they took up work on the Transportation and Capital budgets. There are lots of rumors flying about what isContinue Reading

Senate Republicans attack our bargaining rights, TRI pay, class sizes

It’s outrageous, really. In an irresponsible, last-minute political ploy, Senate Republicans have introduced legislation that would limit our ability to negotiate TRI pay with our school districts – a direct attack on our collective bargaining rights. They also have a separate bill that overturns I-1351 and eliminates funding for smaller class sizes – in exchange forContinue Reading

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