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              Grandview Education Association                                                   December 2009

      President’s Message                                                                    This Just In …
      2009-2011 CBA Ratified!!
                I’d just like to give a BIG “thank you” to the Bargaining Team for all     Bellingham educators
      their hard work, dedication, and time they put in to getting us a fair and           rebuilding after fire
      equitable contract. The Bargaining Team started this process during the               Bellingham Education
      summer of 2008 by attending a week-long training at WEALA. They then did             Association (BEA) is still
      one-on-one interviews, created staff surveys, and studied the survey results         collecting donations for its
      before even creating their bargaining blueprint and going to the bargaining          members displaced after a Nov. 5
      table. I’d also like to say “thank you” to the Bargaining Support Team for all       late-night fire destroyed Whatcom
      the work they did preparing meals for the Bargaining Team and for creating           Middle School.
      and sending out the Bargaining Newsletters. Once again, thank you!                     Bellingham Education
                What does this mean for you? You have 4 SIP days, 2 Optional               Association President Shirley
      days, 1 Principal Approved day, and 3 Annual Leave days the next two years.          Potter said members are thankful
      Don’t forget that you also have $100 to be reimbursed for supplies that you          for the generosity already
      buy and use in your classroom. Take advantage of all this great stuff!               received. Donations have been
                If you have questions on any of the new contract language that was         divided among teachers for the
      bargained, see the Bargaining Support Team member in your building.                  purpose of replacing instructional
      Contracts should be printed and ready to distribute in January.                      supplies.
                Did you know that the School Board voted to approve to reinstate all         Checks should be made
      of the suspended optional days for the administration? They also paid the            payable to Bellingham Public
      District’s Bargaining Team $1,000 each for the time they spent bargaining, on        Schools Foundation, and mailed
      top of the $15,000 for their hired negotiator. Wow!                                  to Shirley Potter, Bellingham
                Happy Holidays!                                                            Education Association, 119 N.
                                                                                           Commercial St., Suite 810,
                                                                                           Bellingham, WA 9825. Indicate
     WEA’s 2010 legislative agenda                                                         on the check memo line that your
                                                                                           donation is for the "Whatcom
to    Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to release her supplemental state budget
                                                                                           Middle School Teacher
     proposal this month, and it doesn’t look good.
      Gregoire expects an additional state budget shortfall of $2.6 billion. Facing a $9
     billion shortfall earlier this year, lawmakers relied almost entirely on cuts and
     federal stimulus money to balance the budget. They cut K-12 and higher                  WEA and NEA
     education by about $2 billion, causing larger class sizes and cuts in areas such        internship opportunities
     as art, music and libraries.                                                             Applications are now available
      WEA members are calling on Gregoire and the Legislature to find revenue                for the 2010-11 year for the WEA
     solutions this time instead of relying solely on additional cuts to balance the         Intern Program and the NEA
     budget. Revenue and funding are key elements in the 2010 legislative agenda             UniServ Pre-Employment
     recently approved by the WEA Board. Go to WEA’s Web site to read full agenda.           Development Program (UPDP).
      “Finding the revenue to adequately fund public education is crucial to our             Both provide members with skills,
     students’ futures - and our state’s economic vitality,” the document reads. “In the     training and work experience
     face of unprecedented challenges, Washington Education Association members              required for UniServ staff
     stand ready to work with elected leaders and our communities to provide the             positions. Deadline is Dec. 30.
     world-class education system our students deserve.”                                     Contact Janna Connor at 800-
      By law, Gregoire is required to propose a budget based on current revenue.             622-3393, Ext. 7056, for info.
     Once the Legislature convenes Jan. 11, Gregoire and legislators can work on
     revenue solutions. If the Legislature passes a revenue package, it’s likely to go on the fall ballot for voter approval.

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