Dear SEA Members:
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.
Email him and tell him to reconsider that 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.
Tell your friends and get them to join in on this!
Send the AG a message: Reconsider, Bob.
(Closing statement at end of 9/20/15 SEA General Membership Meeting)
I’d like to take this moment to end on a personal note.
This will be the last time I address the full membership face to face. I am going into the final year of my last term of office. The SEA bylaws prohibit officers from serving more than two 2-year terms. This spring you will have elections to elect new officers for next year and beyond. I am confident about those years. We have pioneered many ways of engaging members. And we have engaged thousands of members over these three year. In the process we have identified dozens and dozens of emerging leaders. The union will be in good hands.
When I first came into union governance 5 years ago as Vice-President, I was excited to work on the challenges that faced us. At that time we were just two years away from bankruptcy. That was the first problem I was charged to fix. Now we are financially the strongest local in WEA. But those two years as V-P showed me the vital work that needed to be done. We needed to transform Washington’s largest educator union from the disjointed and ineffective entity it had become, into the most powerful and unified voice in the state for educators and for public education. As the new president, that became my personal and my professional goal.
I want to thank all of you for helping to realize that goal. You have embraced it as your own, and acted to make it so. As I said earlier, there is still much work to do and I know that we will do it together.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve such dedicated educators, such powerful voices, such passionate agents for change.
Thank you for allowing me to be your president.
The SEA voting blocks (Certificated, Paraprofessionals and SAEOPs) all voted in the majority to APPROVE the new contract that was bargained over the course of 4 months!
Of the members present, the YES votes by voting block were as follows:
The meeting had the largest turnout ever for an SEA General Membership Meeting, and we thank all the members for your participation and involvement in the democratic process!