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The Washington Supreme Court was clear: The state's controversial charter school law is unconstitutional. The court threw out the entire law earlier this month. Yet, Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson, at the request of private charter school operators, plans to petition the court to reverse its decision and to allow public taxpayer dollars to fund privately run charter schools.
We have a better idea -- let's petition Attorney General Ferguson and urge him to drop his ill-conceived request for reconsideration. Email him and tell him to reconsider. Instead, as the state's top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Ferguson should focus on getting the state to comply with another Washington Supreme Court case -- the McCleary school funding decision.
Send the AG a message: Reconsider, Bob.
WEA-Retired is offering two seminars this fall at the Sammamish office – October 23-24 and December 4-5. This is intended for those members who are within five years of retirement.
Pasco Association of Educators members remain on strike with their bargaining team continuing talks with the school district. In an attempt to get talks moving and clear up any miscommunications the PAE bargaining team invited members of the Pasco School Board to sit in on negotiations. But all members of the board declined to attend.
Dear SVEA members,
The Washington Supreme Court issued an order fining the State $100,000 a day, effective August 13th, until they comply with their constitutional duty to amply fund public schools. The court is clear that basic education funding includes transportation, maintenance, and supply money, all day kindergarten, lower class size in K-3, and personnel.
The Legislature failed to comply in the following ways:
We will discuss this order, our upcoming bargain, have nominations for VP and vote on a SVEA Vice-President at our General Membership meeting August 26th, after the lunch break, at Mt. Si High School Auditorium.
See you then.
At the SVEA General Members meeting, a member asked what options the Supreme Court is considering should the legislature fail to make adequate progress toward full funding of basic education. The plaintiffs in the McCleary case have offered several examples for the Supreme Court to consider. They are listed in the image below. You can read the entire June 12, 2014 Order to Show Cause here.
All Supreme Court documents related to the McCleary case can be found here. Also, check out the NEWS (Network for Excellence in Washington Schools) website for history and additional updates on the case.
Since Monday, there has been much work and collaboration to make our rally happen. Here is the plan for Friday. (Please check your home email for more information). Principals know that unless a meeting cannot be rescheduled, you are free to come and participate. If you are unavoidably kept from the start time, please join us when you can. Here are some changes that should help get everyone there:
On Friday May 15th, from 1:00-4:00, we will gather teachers, support staff, secretaries, principals, administrators, school board members, parents and students in one place for one voice. Please wear RED for Education.
The most central and visible location is the Snoqualmie Ridge area. Parking can be found at Cascade View ES, Ridge and Kinsey Streets.
1:00 - Secondary teachers will arrive, park, and proceed to the Starbucks parking lot closest to the Parkway to collect a sign or create one. (These will be collected at the end to send to another local for next week). The march will go from Center south on the parkway to Douglas crossing the street and heading back up to Center, crossing and the back down again.
2:00 - The secondary staff will make their way to the Community Park on Ridge Rd. The elementary staff will have arrived and picked up their sign at the Starbucks parking lot to join us at the park.
2:15 - This will be a great photo op, news media will be there, and there will be a few speeches. Afterwards the elementary staff will march around the same route mentioned above.
When your normal Friday end time comes, please turn in your signs where you got them and head home for a relaxing weekend.
See you there!
The Snoqualmie Valley Education Association represents the 375+ certificated staff of the Snoqualmie Valley School District.