Lawsuit against Washington State by fjhuangjun


									                                                                                                October 28, 2009

Lawsuit against Washington State wraps up

As you may know, the Network for Excellence in            The lawyer representing Washington State,
Washington Schools (NEWS) filed a lawsuit against         Assistant Attorney General Bill Clark, closed his
the state for its failure to fulfill its constitutional   arguments by asking the judge to reject the
mandate to amply fund public schools. NEWS is a           remedies sought by NEWS so that HB 2261 could
coalition of more than 70 community organizations,        have a chance to work. HB 2261, you may recall,
school districts, and education associations              is the education reform bill passed by the legislature
representing thousands of voters, parents, and            last spring with no funding attached.
teachers and other school employees.
                                                          Tom Ahearne, the NEWS attorney, emphasized
The lawsuit finally went to trial in King County          that the state has made a lot of promises over the
Superior Court in late August, and wrapped up last        years and has not always followed through.
Wednesday after eight weeks of testimony. Judge
John Erlick has been hearing the case.                    During the trial, witnesses for the state testified that
                                                          more money doesn’t mean student learning will
Lead NEWS attorney Tom Ahearne, in closing                increase.
arguments, cited Article IX, Section 1 of the
Washington Constitution (“It is the paramount duty        Washington is 45th in the nation in per pupil
of the state to make ample provision for the              spending and 46th in class size. It would take
education of all children residing within its             hiring 12,546 more teachers just to bring us up to
borders…”) in asking for a four-part remedy:              the national average. State spending on K-12
                                                          education has dropped from 50.4% of the budget
•   Declare that three key words – "paramount,"
                                                          in 1981 to 40.5% of the budget in 2009.
    "ample" and "all" – mean precisely what they
    say, and not merely "important," "barely
                                                          “The time has come for this court to act,” Ahearne
    enough" and "most."
                                                          concluded. “We’re not talking about numbers.
•   Declare that basic education should be defined        We’re talking about real-world kids.”
    by three things: the State Supreme Court's
    1978 ruling when the Seattle School District          Judge Erlick has 90 days to make a decision.
    similarly sued the State; by the minimum
    knowledge and skills set forth in HB 1209; and
    by Washington's nine Essential Academic
    Learning Requirements.

•   Declare that the State is not currently complying
    with its constitutional mandate to amply provide
    for the education of all children.
Get your flu shot                                            14 hours available
Don’t let the flu catch you this year – go get that          This year certificated staff can take up to 14 paid hours of
seasonal flu shot you’ve been meaning to get! Two            5QL training at the curriculum rate of $33/hour. In
clinics will be offered in the LWSD this year, with          addition, extra paid hours may be available from the pool
injections given by nurses from Swedish.                     of unused hours from staff who have not used up their
                                                             allocated hours. Keep in mind, full day LEAP 5QL
      Tuesday, October 27 – Resource Center                  technology trainings do not count toward the 14 hours.
                  3:45-5:30 PM

      Thursday, November 5 – LWHS cafeteria
                  3:45-5:30 PM

The fees (cash or checks) for injections are:

        Flu shots - $30
        Thimersol-free vaccines - $40
        Pneumonia shots - $40

These clinics are only open to staff members and their
families.                                                    SPU courses change posting
The immunizations are covered by Premera if you              date for 5QL training
haven’t reached your plan’s preventive care maximum.
Bring your insurance card with you to the flu clinic and     SPU credit and clock hours earned in the 5QL technology
Premera will be billed for the cost of the shot(s).          training program will now be posted in the summer
                                                             quarter, changed from the spring quarter in previous
Premera participants can also go to their regular            years. So what does that mean to you?
health care provider and have their flu shot covered
by insurance.                                                Changing the course posting date will affect you if you
                                                             wish to use the credit/clock hours for certificate renewal by
Group Health participants can get their shot free of         June, 2010. This year’s 5QL will post after the deadline
charge at any Group Health Clinic.                           and will not be available for certificate renewal this year.

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      President - Kevin Teeley           Junior High Rep – Victoria McCarter                   LWEA Office
      LWEA / 425 822-3388                Kamiakin / 425 823-6750                         10604 NE 38th Pl, Suite 212                                                                        Kirkland, 98033
                                         Senior High Rep – David McGibney
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      Vice President - Mike Blodgett
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                                                             Seattle Times offers
Pool amounts set                                             Newspapers in Education
Each year upon the closure of the open enrollment            The Seattle Times offers the Newspapers in Education
period for health benefits, the Business Office calculates   (NIE) program for teachers, which provides for free
the amount of the insurance pool. This year the              electronic newspapers, daily e-mailed lesson plans,
Legislature has allocated $745 per FTE employee to be        curriculum guides, weekly serial stories, and in-paper
used for benefits. State law requires that after everyone    content for a variety of topics and grade levels aligned
has made their basic benefits selections, any leftover       to state and national standards. In addition, specialists
money must go into an insurance pool. This pool is           are available to conduct trainings at your school. For
used to help full-time employees who have to pay part        more information about NIE, visit their website or call
of the medical premiums out-of-pocket due to insuring        Sarah Johnson at 206-652-6241.
their dependents. (The pool is not available to part-time

This year the amount available from the pool has
decreased - teachers will now be able to spend up to
$658 per month ($705 if you are on Willamette Dental
instead of WDS) for their medical insurance after all
their other benefits have been paid. Selection of            Did you know?
medical coverage in excess of this amount will result in
a deduction from the employee’s paycheck. These              The Technology Stipend and payment for technology
changes will be effective with the October payroll.          training are funded by the Levy. The stipend adds
                                                             $1,250 to the base salary and up to $462 each year for
                                                             technology training for those who choose to participate.

Read Across
America 2010                                                                    Calendar
Read Across America 2010 is scheduled for March 2,                   Oct. 31          Halloween – Boo!
and planning is already underway. You can get free
resource kits and calendars (while supplies last) to                 Nov. 1           Daylight Savings Ends
help with your school’s activities. Go to the Read
Across America page of the NEA website for a wide                    Nov. 3           Remember to Vote!
variety of ideas and resources.                                                       Executive Committee

                                                                     Nov. 10          Rep Assembly – RHS

                                                                     Nov. 11          Veteran’s Day – No School

Is it in the contract?
Intellectual Property Rights (Section 10.18):
Materials created by teachers on their own time and
equipment will be the property of the teacher. Any
materials created on district time and/or equipment will
be the property of the LWSD.
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