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. LWEA Executive Committee www.lakewashingtonea.org President - Kevin Teeley Junior High Rep – Victoria McCarter LWEA Office LWEA / 425 822-3388 Kamiakin / 425 823-6750 10604 NE 38th Pl, Suite 212 email@example.com Kirkland, 98033 Senior High Rep – David McGibney EHS / 425-836-6600 425 822-3388 Vice President - Mike Blodgett Kirkland / 425 936-2420 Special Services Rep – Colleen McAlerney UniServ Rep: Caroline McDowell Rush / 425 881-6047 firstname.lastname@example.org Primary Rep – Ken Egawa Blackwell / 425 836-7300 Specialist Rep – Jim Eaton Admin Assistant: Sheila Hagerman Resource Ctr / 425 702-3363 email@example.com Intermediate Rep - Peggy Solum Ethnic Minority Rep – Ernest Young Admin Assistant: Ila Rhea Morrow Frost / 425 821-8238 Kamiakin / 425-823-6750 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 employees.) 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. FREE FOR SALE Adorable kittens, 4 girls, 2 boys, 7 weeks old. Litter Coffee table, mahogany, 50Wx30Dx20”H, excellent trained. Contact Jodi at 253-381-3232. (Kimberly condition, $100. Wingback chair, white, 42Hx31D, Hull, Frost). excellent condition, $85. Mary Lou Nakao (McAuliffe) 425-830-1366 or email@example.com (updated). FOR RENT Ultimate next generation George Forman grill, huge Affordable housing in Lk Wash: We have a room w/ 100 sq in. Too big for me – great for family. 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