Thursday, November 12, 2015

Take the NSEA Bargaining Survey

All NSEA members were sent an email with an invitation to take our 2015-2016 bargaining survey. We want to hear from you, so please take the survey soon. It closes at 11:00 pm on Sunday, November 29th.

If you didn't get the email, please let Lydia King ( know so we can get an invitation to you.

Thank you!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Be an NSEA Delegate to the WEA Rep Assembly!

Nominations are now open for NSEA Delegates to the WEA-Rep Assembly. WEA-RA is in Spokane and runs from Thursday, April 7th through Saturday, April 9th. We have budgeted to send 11 delegates to represent NSEA at this annual meeting. If you are interested in being a delegate, please review and complete the nomination packet. Nominations must be received at the NSEA Office by Monday, November 30th.

WEA is a member-driven, democratically governed organization and the annual Representative Assembly (RA) is its chief policy making body. Once a year, local associations select more than 1,000 WEA members to gather for RA. The annual meeting, which has a look and feel similar to a major political convention, provides a forum where WEA members can collaborate, debate and vote. Individual members and local associations submit New Business Items, New Resolutions or Amendments to Continuing Resolutions, Standing Rules, Bylaws, and WEA Constitution, which, when passed, set the organizational priorities for WEA for the coming year.

If you have any questions, please contact Lydia King at

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Understanding Your Dues

Here's how your dues break down for the 2015-2016 school year, based on FTE (click the photo for a clearer view):

NEA: National Education Association ($185.00 annually for .76-1.0 FTE)
WEA: Washington Education Association ($407.00 annually)
Outreach: this money comes back to NSEA for outreach work (12.00 annually)
UniServ: Cascade UniServ Council ($178.00 annually)
LEA: Local Education Association--Northshore Education Association ($309.19 annually)
NFCPE: NEA's Fund for Children and Public Education ($12.00 annually--optional)
WEAPAC: WEA's Political Action Campaign ($27.00 annually--optional)
SPASMT: Special Assessment--this is used to pay for expenses related to the ongoing NEWS lawsuit, of which WEA and NSEA are litigants ($12.00 annually)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lead a Professional Practice Group!

NSEA is seeking a lead for each of the following Professional Practice Groups (PPGs) for the 2015-2016 school year.  Leads will be responsible for facilitating regular group meetings throughout the school year, communication to and among group members and communicating with NSEA leadership.  Leads will receive an annual stipend of $300 from NSEA in June, 2016.

Professional Practice Groups

  • Pre-K and K
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  •  3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • Elementary Special Ed
  • Secondary Special Ed
  • English/Language Arts
  •  Social Studies
  •  Math
  • Science
  • World Language
  • Business/CTE
  • Library 
  • Music
  • Arts
  • PE
  •  Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • National Board
  • Pro-Teach
  •  OT/PTs
  • SLPs
  •  New Teachers

  •  Lead colleagues in identifying and meeting professional needs
  • Provide regular time for collaboration to discuss teaching and learning strategies, share what works, identify needs, share successes, and develop a deeper understanding around initiatives like Common Core, teacher evaluation, and curriculum changes as needed
  • Inform and advise NSEA and the NSD Administration of needs and successes


  • Attend two annual meetings with NSEA leadership after school
  • Facilitate at least 3 group meetings
  • Communicate meeting logistics with group members and NSEA
  •  Facilitate communication among group members outside of meetings
Selection Process

  • If interested, submit your name, the Professional Practice Group for which you would like to be considered as a lead, and the reason why you want to be a lead (500 words or less) to Lydia King ( by Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
  • Names will be submitted to the NSEA Exec Board meeting on October 5, 2015 for consideration.  The Exec Board’s recommendations will be submitted to the NSEA Rep Council on October 12, 2015 for final approval.
  • Candidates will be told their status by October 16, 2015.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Attend a Retirement Seminar!

It is never too early to start planning for retirement! WEA-Cascade UniServ Council is sponsoring retirement seminars for our members in 2015-2016. These seminars are designed for union members who are planning for retirement, and are presented by qualified WEA-Retired representatives. The cost of the seminar is $45. Clock Hours will also be available for an additional $5 the day of the seminar.

Seminars are 11 hours long over two days, from 5:00pm-8:00pm on Friday and from 8:00am-4:00pm on Saturday. Meals will be provided. Seminars will be held at the WEA-Cascade UniServ Council Office in Bothell. Members can choose from the following dates:

Friday, October 30
Saturday, October 31

Friday, January 8
Saturday, January 9

Friday, February 5
Saturday, February 6

Friday, March 11
Saturday, March 12
Topics covered will include:   
  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Health Care
  • Long Term Care
  • VEBA
  • Financial Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Staff Retirement
  • And More! 
Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will fill up fast, so register early to secure your spot!    
Due to limited space, spouses will not be able to attend 2015-2016 seminars. Members who have not previously attended a retirement seminar will be given first priority for registration through Wednesday, September 30.    

For complete information and a registration form click HERE or go to the Council website at

If you have any questions regarding the retirement seminars, please contact Chenoa Gray-Brewer at

**Please Note:  No registrations will be accepted by phone or email. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Important McCleary Update


I hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer break that is drawing to an end far too soon. As you have probably already heard, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered sanctions imposed on the state Legislature yesterday.  I thought it important to provide an update on what this means for us, as well as giving you some background history, and a summary of the court order.

Due to sanctions being imposed by the court, NSEA is moving the date of our General Membership Meeting to Thursday, September 3rd (the second full day with students) at 4:30 pm. The location of this meeting is yet to be determined. We will get more information out to you soon, but please put this date on your calendar and make plans to attend this important meeting with your colleagues.

Please take a few minutes to read the rest of this email for a more detailed overview of this historic case and the Washington State Supreme Court’s unprecedented action.


In 2005, a coalition of then 11 plaintiffs, led by the Washington Education Association formed the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS), to sue the state for its failure to meet its paramount duty of paying for basic education. The lawsuit was filed in January 2007 and became known as McCleary v State of Washington.

The Northshore School District and the Northshore Education Association are members of NEWS. NSEA President Tim Brittell represents the 83,000 members of the Washington Education Association on the NEWS Board of Trustees, which is headed by Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit.

Here is a timeline of events in the McCleary case:

·         August to October 2009: trial was held.
·         February 2010: Judge Erlick issued his ruling that NEWS had proven that the state was violating the constitutional requirement that education funding is the paramount duty of the state.
·         June 2011: the State appealed its case to the State Supreme Court and lost.
·         January 2012: the State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the State of Washington is violating the constitutional paramount duty to amply fund our K-12 public education system by upholding Judge Erlick’s 2010 decision.  The Court took the unusual step of maintaining jurisdiction over the case and ordered the State to report progress being made to fully fund public education by 2018.
·         July 2012: NEWS wins the right to respond to the state reports each year to the Supreme Court.
·         January 2014: the State Supreme Court orders a complete plan for fully implementing the Legislature’s program for basic education by April 1014. The Legislature fails to produce a plan.
·         September 11, 2014: State Supreme Court found the Legislature in contempt for its failure to provide a plan as ordered by the court as to how it was going to meet the full funding requirement by the 2018 deadline.  The Court gave the Legislature until this just concluded legislative session to make progress and present the plan.  The State did not present a plan to the Court.


Yesterday, August 13, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court imposed a sanction in the form of a fine of $100,000 each day the Legislature remains in violation of the Supreme Court’s January, 2014 order. The money must be deposited each day into a separate education account.  The fine, and contempt charges, will be lifted when the Legislature complies with the Court order.

Governor Jay Inslee has ordered legislative leaders to a meeting, this coming Monday, August 17, 2015, to discuss how to meet the requirement of the Court to produce a plan to achieve full funding of the cost of basic education.


Some progress toward full funding was made this past year:

1.      Transportation costs are being met.
2.      Materials, Supplies, Operating Costs (MSOC) goal was met.
3.      Voluntary all day K is funded.
4.      Some money, $350 million, earmarked for K-3 class size reduction.

Where the Legislature failed:

1.      Inadequate money for class size reduction in all grades.
2.      Capital building costs to house the lower class sizes inadequate.
3.      Personnel cost compliance an absolute failure.
4.      Produce a plan to reach full funding as ordered.


The next logical step is to see what the Governor does, or does not do, after the meeting Monday with Legislative leaders from both the House and Senate.  As I stated when I visited schools in the Spring to explain New Business Item 18 from the WEA RA, we need to be patient and let the process play out.  

To that end, we will not be holding a General Membership Meeting on August 26th as we had planned.  Instead, we will be holding the meeting on Thursday, September 3rd. That way we can allow negotiations to continue and Legislature to outline how they will come together to satisfy the Court order.  We are still working on securing a location, but the meeting will begin at 4:30.  Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  Your building reps will have more information for you when you return to school.

Pasco, Shoreline, Spokane, and Seattle are currently embroiled in heated contract negotiations.  This complicates greatly the earlier discussion about a possible state-wide action this fall.  With the Court now imposing a fine, the Governor calling Legislative leaders together to discuss their next step to end this crisis, and the aforementioned contract negotiations that are underway, it does not seem like the time is right for some sort of coordinated action.  We need to wait and see what happens, and it is imperative that you attend our meeting on Thursday, September 3rd to discuss our plans.

To learn more I encourage you to visit the websites listed below and to like our facebook page (

·         Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS):

Tim Brittell
Northshore Education Association

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Letter to the Community

It’s Time
Dear Neighbor,

The 1,280 members of the Northshore Education Association (NSEA) will not report to school on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Instead, we will be participating in a one day walk out in response to the state legislature’s failure to fully fund the costs of basic education and its continued defiance of a State Supreme Court contempt citation, and we ask that you join us.

Your children continue to pay the price for the inaction of the legislature. We ask that you join us in a protest march from Pop Keeney (9809 NE 188th St, Bothell, WA 98011) to The Park at Bothell Landing (9919 NE 180th St, Bothell, WA 98011) for an education rally at on Wednesday, May 6th. Add your voice to the chorus across the state demanding that the legislature follow the order of the Supreme Court and fully fund basic education in Washington State. Please carpool and meet up in the Pop Keeney parking lot by 11:15 am for the march; the rally will begin at 12:00 pm at The Park at Bothell Landing.

Northshore is a litigant in the landmark McCleary case. NSEA members have gone to the State Supreme Court. We have lobbied in Olympia. We worked to pass I-1351 to reduce class sizes in every grade level. Yet Washington continues to rank near our nation’s bottom in class size (47th), per pupil funding (40th), and teacher compensation (42nd). Despite the 2012 State Supreme Court’s decision that the Constitutional rights of Washington’s students were being violated, and despite the Court’s ruling last September that the legislature was in “contempt” for failing to remedy this, school funding has changed little. It’s shocking, and your children are paying too high a price.

The state legislature is currently deliberating on school funding, but the current proposals don’t adequately address the needs. Like educators in Lake Washington and 18+ other school districts around the state, we did not make the decision to walk out lightly. We know how our community counts on our schools to be open. We have made accommodations for all AP and IB testing to continue, and encourage all after school activities to be held as usual.

We recognize this is an inconvenience, but we ask for your patience and support. We are advocating for resources your children need to be successful in both school and in life. By closing for a day (which will be rescheduled like a snow day), we hope to shine a spotlight on the legislature’s current deliberations and to achieve a better outcome for our children.

If you cannot attend the rally on Wednesday, May 6th, please call your legislator on the Legislative Hotline (800-562-6000) and leave a message: Fund our schools with adequate and stable revenue.

For more information about the McCleary decision and the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools, please click here.
For more information about the legislative session, click here.


Tim Brittell
Northshore Education Association

Letter to the Community (Spanish Version)

Querido vecino,

Los 1,280 miembros de la Asociación Educativa de Northshore (NSEA) no van a presentarse al trabajo en las escuelas el miércoles 6 de mayo, 2015.  En lugar de eso, vamos a participar en un día de protesta en respuesta al fracaso de la legislatura para financiar en su totalidad los costos de la educación básica y su desafío continuado del desacato de desprecio de la Corte Suprema del Estado, y le pedimos que nos acompañe.

Sus hijos continúan pagando el precio para la inacción de la legislatura.  Le pedimos que nos acompañe en una marcha de protesta desde Pop Keeney hasta el parque Bothell Landing en el centro de Bothell para una marcha de protesta de educación en Bothell Landing el miércoles 6 de mayo.  Añada su voz al coro del estado demandando que la legislatura siga la orden de la Corte Suprema y financiar en su totalidad la educación en el estado de Washington.

Northshore es un litigante en el caso histórico de McCleary.  Los miembros del NSEA han ido a la Corte Suprema del Estado.  Hemos presionado con mítines en Olympia.  Trabajamos para pasar Iniciativa-1351 para reducir el tamaño de las clases de cada nivel.  Todavía, Washington continua estando cerca del fin de la lista de los tamaños de las clases en la nación (47 de 50), financiamiento por estudiante (40 de 50), y compensación para maestros (42 de 50).  A pesar de la decisión de la Corte Suprema del Estado de 2012 que los derechos constitucionales de los estudiantes de Washington fueron violados y a pesar de las decisiones de la Corte del septiembre pasado que la legislatura estaba en "desprecio" por el fracaso de remediar eso, el financiamiento para escuelas ha cambiado muy poco.  Es espantoso y desgraciado que sus niños están pagando un precio grandísimo.

La legislatura del Estado está deliberando sobre el financiamiento de las escuelas, pero las propuestas actuales no responden adecuadamente a las necesidades.  Como los educadores de Lake Washington y 18+ otros distritos escolares en el estado, la decisión de protestar no fue hecha facilmente.   Sabemos cómo nuestra comunidad cuenta en nuestras escuelas para estar abiertas.  Hemos hecho alojamientos para continuar todos los examenes de AP y IB, y alentamos que todas las actividades después de escuela pasen de costumbre.

Reconocemos que esto es un inconveniente pero pedimos su paciencia y su apoyo, y que nos acompañe.  Estamos abogando por recursos que sus niños necesitan para ser exitosos en ambos la escuela y en la vida.  En cerrar por un día (que sera reprogramado como un día de nieve) esperamos a enfatizar las deliberaciones actuales de la legislatura y para lograr un mejor resultado.  Si usted no pueda asistir la marcha de protesta el miércoles 6 de mayo, en el parque Bothell Landing, por favor, llame a su legislador o llame a (800) 562-6000 y deje un mensaje: "Financie nuestras escuelas con ingresos adecuados y estables."

Tim Brittell, Presidente

Northshore Education Association