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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This Friday (Inauguration Day): Wear RED!

This Friday, let's unite and wear red together. 
It's Inauguration Day. Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education intends dismantle public education to privatize our schools. We need to stand together to defend public education.

Contact Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. Your message to them: VOTE NO ON TRUMP'S EDUCATION SECRETARY NOMINEE BETSY DEVOS.
Senator Murray: Seattle: 206.553.5545. DC: 202.224.2621

Senator Cantwell: Seattle: (206) 220-6400. DC: (202) 224-3441

Donald Trump wants to replace our public schools with for-profit private schools. 
Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, has no experience with public schools. She's never worked as an educator or in a public school in any capacity. She didn't attend public schools, and did not send her children to public schools.
Instead, she has spent her career working to undermine and dismantle public education. DeVos has lobbied and bankrolled failed schemes like vouchers, which take money away from public schools, to fund private schools at taxpayers' expense and with little to no accountability.
DeVos designed Detroit's for-profit charter school system that has been a disaster for students and their families. You can read about this tragedy in the New York Times article (click here).
Tell Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell that we need an experienced, qualified Secretary of Education who actually wants to strengthen and improve all public schools. Tell them to vote NO on Betsy DeVos.
 signature are additional facts from our National Education Association about DeVos. Please contact Murray and Cantwell from your cell phone or home computer/ email. Ask your colleagues to do the same on Friday, during lunch or other non-work time.

Here are facts from the NEA on Trump's Education Nominee, Betsy DeVos:

DeVos has been described as a "four-star general in the privatization movement." Below are four reasons why.

1. DeVos has spent millions to promote school vouchers
DeVos and her husband, a member of the family that made its fortune selling Amway products, contributed millions of dollars to voucher campaigns across the country. In 2000, in their home state of Michigan, they spent $5 million on an unsuccessful bid to remove the state's constitutional ban on vouchers. Sixty-eight percent of voters rejected the DeVos' voucher scheme.

2. DeVos designed Detroit's failed charter-school system
DeVos has been described as "one of the architects of Detroit's charter school system"-a system that even pro-charter forces describe as "one of the biggest school reform disasters in the country." Charter schools are privately managed, taxpayer-funded schools exempted from some rules applicable to all other taxpayer-funded schools.

The unchecked growth of Detroit's charters has outpaced the student population and is failing the city's kids, who are among the poorest in the nation. According to a recent report, 8 in 10 charters had academic achievement below the state average in both reading and math.

The city's glut of charters has also created a situation where the competition to recruit students-and the public dollars that follow them-is extremely intense. Charter companies have resorted to offering cash bonuses, laptops, and iPads to families to get students to enroll. Educators say the competition and the limited amount of resources available have created an environment where very few students can thrive.

3. DeVos supported legislation allowing failing charters to expand
In 2011, the DeVos family successfully lobbied to lift Detroit's cap on charter schools and managed to kill off a provision that would have prevented failing charters from expanding. After the cap was lifted, several charter companies opened up new schools even though they already operated schools deemed to be failing.

4. DeVos opposes oversight for charters
In 2016, the Great Lakes Education Project, which is founded and funded by the DeVos family, was described as being instrumental in getting state politicians to kill a plan to create a citywide commission in Detroit to regulate the opening and closing of charter schools. City leaders said the commission would have provided oversight, set standards on how to open charters and close the bad ones.

Contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to reject the DeVos nomination. Tell lawmakers that educators believe all students have the right to a public education that helps them reach their full potential, and their opportunity to succeed should not depend on winning a charter-school lottery, getting into a private school, or living in the right zip code. Our kids deserve the best America has to offer-including an Education Secretary who understands that all students deserve a quality public education.

ESP Professional Development Day is 1/30; Sign Up NOW!

·        Monday, January 30 is a work day for all Educational Support Professionals, except School Nurses. This is a paid professional development day, using 7.5 professional hours negotiated for this purpose.  It is also a regular work day for Deans, Mental Health, and Truancy Specialists (who are also welcome to participate).  

·        Register now to get your classes!  Details below and attached. Registration closes on Sunday, January 22nd.

We are excited that registration is now open for the Professional Development Day for NSEA's Educational Support Professionals! Please register now, to get into the classes you want.  The PD Day is on Monday, Jan. 30 from 8 am to 3:30 PM at Bothell High School. This is a paid day.

                    Registration is online at the District's "PD Place" site at #9070. Attached is information on how to register. If you need help, your School Technology Specialist can assist you. You can also receive assistance by emailing Please register by Sunday, January 22.

                    NSEA and the administration have collaborated to organize this exciting Professional Development day, from 8 am until 3:30 PM at Bothell High School. Participation is expected and paid.  You will be paid from the additional 7.5 professional hours NSEA and Admin negotiated for this purpose. Here is how the hours will be paid and accounted for:
o   If an ESP chooses not to work on this day, then the opportunity to be paid for January 30th is lost.  This day has not been added to anyone's work calendar, so no one will be unpaid for not attending, only paid for attending.  
o   For that same reason, the use of any sort of leave is not necessary since the only way to get paid for January 30th is to attend.  
o   ESPs who have no individual professional hours remaining may use the professional hours pool for Monday, January 30. Please use this opportunity to improve our abilities to educate our students!  

                    Lunch will be provided. There will be a presentation by NSEA during lunch, and Supt. Reid is planning to speak.  

                    Chromebooks will be distributed to all ESPs who work in an instructional capacity who sign up for the training on how to use them! However, don’t worry if you are unable to get into one of the “Chromebooks and Google Apps” classes. There are also classes (at which you can get your Chromebook) scheduled for Jan. 17 and Jan. 19 (PDPlace #9060). The District’s Instructional Technology Department has also made the commitment to continue to offer these classes after January 30. There are many other exciting learning opportunities on this day!

We appreciate the leadership of NSD staff Nikki Arnold-Smith, Kim Marienau, Doug Hale, Shelby Reynolds, and Stephanie Greany, and all of the instructors, in recognizing the contribution ESPs make, and organizing these classes!

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 30!

Friday, January 13, 2017

See You In Olympia!

The MLK Day Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Public Schools is just around the corner! We are looking forward to meeting up with thousands of our colleagues from across the state, as well as public education allies, in Olympia. Together, we will fight for the civil rights of our students and for amply funded public schools in Washington. 

Be sure to wear your red "We Educate Northshore" t-shirt (or anything red!) to the Rally in Olympia.

Riding the bus to Olympia?
If you have a ticket for one of the chartered coaches, be sure to arrive at either Pop Keeney or the Shoreline Center by 7:30 am. Buses will leave at 8:00 am. Have your ticket printed and ready.

Driving, carpooling--or in need of a ride? 
If you are carpooling or want to connect with a driver, be at Pop Keeney by 7:30 am to meet up with (or arrange) a carpool. 

For all drivers: visitor parking is available on or near the capitol campus. Nearly all of the parking will be free because of the holiday. This includes the South Diagonal as well as a number of visitor lots. You can access a map detailing visitor parking here.

Parking is also available at the Olympia Farmers Market. There is a DASH Shuttle bus that provides free transit between the Market and the Capitol Campus. Please make sure to allow at least 20 minutes to catch the bus and arrive at the campus. Note that the shuttle may be very busy and you may want to provide yourself with extra time.  The Dash shuttle schedule is available here. (Contrary to the website, there is no fee to use the Farmers Market parking.)

Once you get to the Capitol, look for the red "We Educate Northshore" banners to find your colleagues from NSEA!

Important Rally Information
  • The Rally begins at 10:30 am on the Capitol Steps and will last about 45 minutes.
  • Get there no later than 10:15 am.  
  • Dress for the weather and wear your "We Educate Northshore" t-shirt or anything else that is red. 
  • Bring a snack/bagged lunch.
  • Following the Rally, we'll join with parents and other supporters to deliver the Student Bill of Rights to each Legislator. 
  • The event will conclude around 1:00 pm. 
  • Everyone is encouraged to post to social media - Please use the hashtags #waleg #waedu You can also get text updates by texting "ourvoice" to 41411.

Thank you for spending part of your long weekend advocating for our students and our profession. This is our best chance to make real change to public education funding in Washington state. Spending a day at our rally could make an impact that will last decades.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Vote for NSEA Delegates to NEA-RA

NSEA members have been sent an invitation (via email) to vote in an online election for NSEA delegates to the National Education Association Representative Assembly. NSEA is sending 4 members to represent us at the NEA's annual meeting in Boston this June/July.

Voting ends at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 12th. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote. If you are a member and did not receive an email invitation to vote, contact Lydia King.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Join Us on MLK Day in Olympia!

On January 16, 2017, join thousands of educators, parents, and kids for a historic Rally for Full Funding of Public Education on the Capitol Steps in Olympia. 

WEA-Cascade will be providing buses, and we encourage you to reserve your seat NOW. We are welcoming family, neighbors and friends, so please reserve seats for them too. Buses will board at 7:30 am, for an 8:00 am departure time from both the Shoreline Center and Pop Keeney Stadium.

Participants will attend the rally at 10:30am, and will be back to Shoreline or Bothell by approximately 3:00pm.

Please choose your departure location, reserve your seat, and print your ticket(s) to get on the bus HERE.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Civil Right to a Public Education

Our Final Best Opportunity Begins Now!

The Washington Constitution is clear: Amply funded quality public education is a civil right for all students.

American Education Week started yesterday. And today is the start of our final best opportunity to obtain full funding as part of the McCleary decision.

The upcoming 2017 Legislative Session marks the last legislative session before the McCleary deadline imposed by the Washington State Supreme Court. This means K-12 school funding is going to be THE issue this year. The State of Washington is about to run out the clock, and as the professionals closest to the students who are being shortchanged, it's our job to keep the pressure on.

The outcome our students deserve will not come to fruition without a fight. And this is where you come in.
Educators in Northshore will be joining our colleagues from around the state to exert pressure on the Governor and our elected representatives to the House and Senate, to fulfill their obligation under the Washington State Constitution. There will be multiple phases to the effort, and many opportunities to get involved.
We will join together and stand strong in defense of our students' civil right to a strong, fully funded public education. We are planning to petition the governor, meet with Attorney Tom Ahearne (who argued the McCleary case in front of the Supreme Court), rally in Olympia, and lobby our legislators throughout the 2017 legislative session. We will keep up our pressure as long as it takes, until a final McCleary Budget is approved!

Here's a link to see the Student Bill of Rights.

Educators Fight for Students' Civil Rights at MLK Jr. Day Rally

On January 16, 2017, join thousands of educators, parents, and kids for a historic Rally for Full Funding of Public Education on the Capitol Steps in Olympia. 

WEA-Cascade will be providing busses, and we encourage you to reserve your seat NOW. We are welcoming family, neighbors and friends, so please reserve seats for them too. Busses will board at 7:30am, for an 8:00am departure time from both the Shoreline Center and Pop Keeney Stadium.

Participants will attend the rally at 10:30am, and will be back to Shoreline or Bothell by approximately 3:00pm.

Please choose your departure location, reserve your seat, and print your ticket(s) to get on the bus HERE.

The Governor's Budget Sets the High Water Mark! Let's Make Sure He Fulfills The Promise Our Kids Deserve! 

Let's tell Governor Inslee we're tired of budgets that kick the can down the road! No More Delays! The time for full funding of our schools is NOW! 
We will be sending a PETITION TO THE GOVERNOR.       

When your building representative or a colleague asks you to sign, please add your signature and join with your colleagues to send a clear message to Governor Inslee.

Governor Inslee, who just won re-election, will be releasing his state budget plan in December. The governor's budget will set the tone for the legislative budget plans that follow, and we need his budget to set a high bar.

Billions in school funding are at stake. As professional educators, we know our state needs to invest in what will help kids the most - smaller class sizes in every grade and competitive pay for school employees.

If you'd like to print a copy of the PETITION and gather additional signatures from family and friends on your own, please make sure to return any signatures you've gathered back to your building representative, in person, by Friday, December 2nd.

CAUTION: This IS political action. Make sure you do this important work during duty-free time (before or after school, or during lunch), and do not leave petitions in school mail boxes. Face to face organizing works best.  
McCleary Meeting: What Would Full Funding Look Like?

Described as a "force of nature", Attorney Thomas Ahearne will describe the vision of the McCleary case, and explain how the final stages of the McCleary timeline may play out. Mr. Ahearne will take audience questions, and explain how the McCleary case has evolved and progressed since its inception through the 2017 Legislative Session.

December 7, 2016 

Shoreline Room in the Shoreline Center 
Shoreline School District 
18560 1st Ave NE 
Shoreline, WA 98155
As the attorney who argued the McCleary case in front of the Supreme Court of the State of Washington, Mr. Ahearne is the authority on the case, and yet has the ability through his personality and presentation style to explain the intricacies of school finances in a way that makes them understandable, and even interesting. 

Please join the fun as we talk school finance! We will stand stronger together if we understand our fight!

Sign up HERE to reserve your spot to attend this important, informational meeting.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Represent NSEA at WEA or NEA Rep Assembly

Nominations are now open for NSEA delegates to the WEA-Rep Assembly in Spokane in April and the NEA-Rep Assembly in Boston in early July. Any NSEA member, Cert or ESP, can be a delegate. No previous experience is needed, and being a delegate to either RA is an opportunity to get involved with your state and national unions. All delegates are elected to their position; elections will be held in December. Please read below for more information. If you have any questions, refer to our Rep Assembly Timeline or contact Lydia King at

NSEA Delegate to WEA-Rep Assembly
Acting as a delegate is a great way to get involved, to learn more about how WEA operates, and to help shape WEA's direction. WEA-RA is the annual gathering of representatives from WEA affiliates around the state to decide on policy, positions, and the business of WEA.  It's a great way to see the "big picture" of what happens within WEA. 

This year's WEA-RA is in Spokane, and runs from Thursday, April 13 through Saturday, April 15, 2017 (plan to return home on Sunday, April 16th). NSEA will pay your expenses, including your flight to Spokane, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, and meals. Delegates must attend Mock RA on Wednesday, March 29th after school.  

To nominate yourself or someone else to be an NSEA delegate to WEA-RA, click here.

NSEA Delegate to NEA-Rep Assembly
NSEA has budgeted to send at least 3 delegates to the National Education Association Rep Assembly in Boston, MA from June 30 through July 5. NEA-RA is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the Association and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership. The Representative Assembly adopts the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the Legislative Program, and other policies of the Association. Delegates vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. 

NSEA will pay for delegate’s airfare, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, and meals in Boston.

To nominate yourself or someone else to be an NSEA delegate to NEA-RA, click here.