Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We've Moved!

The WEA-Cascade Council and the Northshore Education Association Office has moved to:

22522 29th Drive SE, #205
Bothell, WA 98021

The new office is located in the Canyon Park Business Center. We are in the same building as Gretchen's Place. Use Gretchen's Place entrance and then come upstairs. Follow the signs to WEA-Cascade UniServ Council. Click here for driving directions.

NSD intradistrict mail is still delivered to the new NSEA Office and our phone numbers have remained the same.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Facts About Northshore's Bond and Levies

Please share these facts about Northshore’s Bond/Levies:

  • The quality of our schools benefits the entire community. The high quality of our Northshore schools benefits everyone in our community, both educating our kids and neighbors and substantially enhancing our property values. Our strong schools reduce crime rates and prepare the next generation for college, work, and life in the global marketplace. Voters must vote by Tuesday, February 13 at 8:00 pm.
  • The three funding measures are a reduction in our local tax rate. The three funding measures are renewals of existing measures. Further, the tax rate cost of these renewals is a reduction, not an increase. The existing expiring three local funding sources cost $4.01 per thousand dollars of property value. The renewal tax rate for the measures on the ballot total $3.89 per thousand dollars of property value, a reduction.

  • A “YES” vote to pass all three of these measures is essential to maintain the quality of our schools. 
    • Local levy dollars pay for over 20% of Northshore’s budget, including smaller class sizes, special education, academic intervention, school nurses, sports, clubs, advanced learning, professional development for staff, and more.      
    • School districts, including Northshore, rely on local bonds for school construction and renovation. Thousands of additional students have entered our Northshore schools (enough to fill several new schools) but instead are warehoused in portables all day. Northshore’s Renewal Capital Projects Bond will build a new school and more classrooms, and will add a much needed performing arts and instructional building at Inglemoor High School. It will also pay for much needed security enhancements, such as door locking mechanisms that will help protect our students in the event of an armed attacker.
    • Students need to learn on computers, and have internet access, but these are not funded by state and local taxes. The Renewal Technology Levy will pay for this.
  • The State’s new funding formula does not fully fund basic education, according to the State Supreme Court. The Court has also ordered the Legislature to add $1 billion for next year, and we've yet to see if they will.  In addition, the State requires 24 high school credits to graduate, but the State only provides funding for 20 credits (classes). There are many other examples.
  • The State Supreme Court’s McCleary Decision was about state funding for basic education, the minimal level of state-required education. Even if the State funds this in the future (an unknown), the minimal basic education does not provide the kind of education our community’s students need to compete in the global marketplace, to get the kind of jobs that will enable them to have a middle class standard of living. Northshore is not a community that would be satisfied with the minimal level of state-required education. Families move to our community because of our great schools, not for basic schools. Local funding is essential to maintain this high quality.

By Tuesday, February 13, mail your family’s ballots, or drop them off (without postage) at a County Elections Drop Box: Bothell City Hall, Kenmore City Hall, Kirkland City Hall, Redmond City Hall, Bothell Canyon Park QFC; Woodinville Library, or Kingsgate Library.    

More information is at www.nsd.org/2018bondlevies

This message was prepared by the Northshore Education Association, NSEA, the professional organization of Northshore’s teachers, paraeducators, and school nurses.   www.northshoreea.blogspot.com

Friday, January 12, 2018

Support Northshore Schools


Colleague,

I don’t need to tell you that the Northshore School District is experiencing tremendous growth. Snohomish County is now one of the fastest growing regions in the entire country. The crowding in our schools and the traffic in the north end are proof of this trend. As the houses go up, new students in our schools follow soon after. Why are people coming here? It is because of the excellent reputation of the Northshore School District!

In February 2018, the Northshore School District will be going to the voters for approval of a Capital Projects Bond ($275 million), Educational Programs and Operations Levy ($234 million), and a Technology Levy ($62 million). Each of these measures covers the next four years of operations for our district, starting in 2019.

The Capital Projects Bond will help us deal with our ever expanding number of students. It will:

  • Provide safety and security upgrades (including new door locks).
  • Build a new K-5 school off of Maltby Road.
  • Add 30 classrooms to be shared by Skyview Middle and Canyon Creek Elementary (SkyCreek Campus).
  • Build a performing arts and instructional building at Inglemoor High School.
  • Provide maintenance and upgrades at many schools.
  • Improve outdoor learning spaces.

The Educational Programs and Operations Levy is critical since it provides 20% of the overall budget that goes towards educational programs, services, and our daily operations. It represents about 25% of an educator’s total salary in Northshore. This levy provides additional funds for:

  • Special Education.
  • Academic support for advanced learners.
  • Transportation costs. 
  • Intervention for struggling learners.
  • Enrichment and extra-curricular activities including music, drama, sports, and clubs.
  • Basic education costs not covered by the state or federal government.

The Technology Levy will help our students and staff keep up in a rapidly changing world of technology. This levy will allow our students to have the devices they need along with the instruction to be a responsible digital citizen. This levy will:

  • Provide 1:1 devices for all grades.
  • Provide training for teachers in how to best incorporate technology in our classrooms.
  • Training for online safety and strong digital citizenship skills.

NSEA will be conducting phone banks at the end of January/early February to call the voters in our district. Phoning voters is key to the successful passage of the bond and levies, and we need your help. 

See below for our phone bank calendar and click here to sign up for a calling shift.

 Each school has been assigned a specific day and shift for calling. Get a group of colleagues together to make call on your school’s day/shift, or come anytime during phone banking. Many staff go out for a bite to eat either before or after calling to build a sense of community and strengthen our commitment to each other and public education. Phone bank dates are listed below. See your Building Rep to sign up for a shift or click here. Come support the Northshore School District, make calls, and have fun!  Click here to sign up for phoning

Tim Brittell, NSEA President
Click on calendar to enlarge.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Represent NSEA!

Nominations are now open for NSEA delegates to the WEA-Rep Assembly in Spokane in April and the NEA-Rep Assembly in Minneapolis, MN 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, contact Lydia King at lking@washingtonea.org.

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 19 through Saturday, April 21, 2018 (plan to return home on Sunday, April 22nd). NSEA will pay your expenses, including your flight to Spokane, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, and meals. Delegates must attend Mock RA on Wednesday, March 28th after school. 

ESPs, Certs, and first-time delegates are strongly encouraged to attend WEA-RA.  NSEA will be taking 10 delegates to WEA Representative Assembly. To nominate yourself or someone else to be an NSEA delegate to WEA-RA, click here.

NSEA has budgeted to send 2 delegates (one certificated member and one ESP member) to the National Education Association Representative Assembly in Minneapolis, MN 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 Minneapolis, MN.

ESPs, Certs, and first-time delegates are strongly encouraged to attend NEA-RA. To nominate yourself or someone else to be an NSEA delegate to NEA-RA, click here.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Kraig Peck is Retiring!

Kraig Peck, NSEA’s WEA-Staffperson, is retiring at the end of November. Kraig has worked with NSEA (and the former NESPA) for 10 years and has 40+ years of experience in labor and organizing. Kraig’s work has improved the lives of countless members. Come celebrate his retirement after school (4:30 to 7:00 pm) on Monday, November 27th at The Woodhouse Wine Estate in Woodinville (15500 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, C600, Woodinville). 

Please RSVP by clicking here. No gifts, please!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Join Together!

Join NSEA members and doorbell for Manka Dhingra in the 45th LD (Woodinville, Redmond, and Kirkland). Help us De-Trump our State Senate's one vote Republican majority.

10:00 am to 1:00 pm on...

Saturday, October 21, 2017 

AND/OR

Saturday, October 28, 2017

AND/OR

Saturday, November 4, 2017

8151 164th Ave NE in Redmond (Manka's Headquarters)
Park at the Redmond Transit Center at 16160 NE 83rd St, Redmond.  
It’s a 4 minute walk to the Manka Dhingra HQ where we are gathering. Get there a little early. 
(near the Bella Botega Shopping Center)

Bring friends, family, and co-workers.