Back in early November, in keeping with the recent pattern of alternating between long and short midwinter breaks, SEA proposed to the District that we use the same calendar format we used in 2013-14 again next year:
- Start school the Wednesday after Labor Day
- Same two week winter break as we have done traditionally
- One full week break in February
Our contract sets a January 31st deadline to determine the following year’s calendar when one hasn’t set in previous contract negotiations. The District has informed us that they are in still in deliberation over their response to SEA. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the District for more information.
On Tuesday January 27, 2015 SEA member Rachelle Moore testified in front of the U.S. Senate Education Committee about ESEA reauthorization. Rachelle teaches 1st grade at Madrona K-8, is a mentor teacher in the Seattle Teacher Residency, and is National Board certified. She was the only witness to testify who is a public school teacher.
Thank You to Senator Patty Murray for working with us to get a teacher voice in front of the committee.
Check out Rachelle’s testimony here.
WEA Pre-Retirement Seminar
SEA Retired will be hosting two WEA Pre-Retirement seminars this coming year. These seminars are intended to prepare our members for future retirements. They are intended to help individuals plan for their future. The target audience is for members planning to retire in five to seven years out. Registration is, however, not limited to that demographic.
The seminar covers the following basics:
- Social Security and Medicare
- State Pension Plans – TRS I, II, and III
- State Medical Benefits
- Investment planning
- Estate Planning
Registration is limited to 30 people per session so the presenters can fully engage with each individual.
To register, click HERE to access the form.
"McCleary" lawyer Tom Ahearne (above, left) gave a great presentation Tues. evening on the meaning of the "McCleary" decision and on the implications for the upcoming legislative session. Also presenting was Andy Nicholas (second from right) of the Washington Budget and Policy Center about the inadequacy of Washington's revenue system. The event was co-sponsored by SEA, the Seattle Council PTSA (Eden Mack, right), and the League of Women Voters of Seattle. Great turnout!
SEA Welcomes the New Superintendent
SEA members feel the impact of the continuous churn of senior leadership at the district level. It produces a situation where nothing substantive gets done. In spite of the school board’s failure to develop a good process of stakeholder consultation, it is a positive development to see that the district has retained a leader who looks to be capable of moving forward with improvements to district systems. There is significant work remaining to be done in Special Education, Human Resources, and Teaching and Learning that will benefit from a strong overarching vision and coherent implementation.
Dr. Nyland is an experienced educator in Washington state. He guided Marysville for 9 years after the previous superintendent‘s tenure ended with a strike by educators. When he was in Highline he bargained contracts for Highline School District with then-HEA-president, and now SEA Executive Director, John Donaghy. “Nyland was a good collaborator and problem solver at the bargaining table,” said Donaghy.
“Some people believe that the only way to get a good superintendent is to have a national or regional search,” said Jonathan Knapp, SEA President. “We have been through a few of those in Seattle and experience has shown that there is no guarantee you will end up with the qualities you want or with the “fit” that you are looking for. While Dr. Nyland will still have to earn the confidence of SEA’s members, we’re happy to see that the school board didn’t let the image of the perfect off in the distance somewhere be the enemy of the tangible good right here and now.”