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About Highlighting Members' Needs

We are running for the following Renton Education Association positions because we believe in the following planks: Becca Ritchie, Candidate for REA President, Nelsen Middle School, Computer Tech Susan DuFresne, Candidate for Primary Executive Board, Maplewood Heights Elementary, Integrated Kindergarten ✅  Demanding a healthy work-load/life balance. ✅  Bargaining competitive professional compensation. ✅  Challenging the status quo test culture with: Less is more! ✅  Emphasizing our professional expertise. ✅  Prioritizing equity and access for all. ✅  Utilizing 2-way 21st century communication tools. ✅  Acting in solidarity with all unions. ✅  Supporting ALL members. ✅   Implementing developmentally appropriate K-3 curriculum/assessment.

BREAKING: Washington State Teachers Union Sues to Block Charter School Funding

The Washington State Education Association and other groups are suing to block the funding of charter schools in Washington State.   The battle over charters has gone on for years. There have … Source: BREAKING: Washington State Teachers Union Sues … Continue reading

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Bill Gates’ Market-Driven Experiments Are Not Ready for Prime-Time Public Ed

Dear Mr. Gates, Your Foundation contributions always seem to make for interesting prime time news. The real story about what is actually happening on the ground where your market-driven policies are now the “norm” is relegated to other venues such … Continue reading

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Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List Showed Up in Bill’s Twitter Feed (with Minor Revisions)

   (Slight revision added.) Dear Bill and Melinda, You recently sent out your “summer reading list” on Twitter.  We couldn’t resist and made just a few minor revisions.  I hope you don’t mind. Last year we sent you an annotated bibliography … Continue reading

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Despite a Handshake and a Promise, Still NO Gates Foundation REPLY to #EducatingGatesRally Demands

Photo Courtesy of Alex Garland Photography, used with permission. Dear Bill and Melinda, In the summer of 2011 the seeds of this protest were planted when I read Bruce Levine’s book “Get Up, Stand Up:  Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and … Continue reading

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We, the undersigned, demand the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation divest from corporate education reform.

We, the undersigned, demand the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation divest from corporate education reform. Dear Bill and Melinda, Prestigious academics from around the world collaborated to write a letter to Dr. Andreas Schleicher, director of the Organization for Economic … Continue reading

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Common Core Tests: Educational Malpractice for Students with Special Needs

Dear Mr. and Mrs Gates: This is what is gong on in every county across the country as students with disabilities are forced to take tests they are not yet ready for and have not learned the content: In about … Continue reading

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Teachers, be silent no more! TLtBG will be signed, sealed, delivered to Bill and Melinda Gates at #EducatingGates June 26th!

  Dear Teachers, Katie and I have formally endorsed the Washington Badass Teachers Association’s Educating the Gates Foundation Rally to be held on June 26th.  We would like to join hands in coalition building with the Wa BATs by asking … Continue reading

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