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Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

My name is Larry Delaney, and I am the president of the Lakewood Education Association. On April 22nd, along with our neighbors in Stanwood-Camano and Arlington, we were the first local teachers union in Washington to walk-out. Contrary to what many in the media want to believe, our labor action - and the action of the more than 60 school districts that followed us - was not based on a directive from WEA. Quite the contrary, this was a grass-roots action born out of a meeting of teacher leaders in Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. When we walked on April 22nd, we had no idea what districts, if any, would follow. What we found was that our reasons for walking-out resonated not only with educators across the state, but comunities too. Our primary reason for walking out was the lack of progress that the legislature has made toward fulling funding K - 12 education statewide. Do the current iterations of the budget make progress? Yes. Is it adequate progress? Not even close! Media outlets across the state seem attached to the "Teacher's Want More Pay" angle. Are teachers, statewide, compensated fairly? No. Are these walk-outs about salary? No. Be assured, if either the Senate or House budgets made adequate progress toward fully funding the McCleary Decision by 2018, you would not see teachers walking-out. This statewide action is about kids - both my children and the children that I teach. I apologize if the actions of any local unions inconvenienced a community for a day. A one day inconvenience is a small price to pay, however, for strengthening our communities for years to come with fully funded schools.

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Posted by Larry Delaney on 05/25/2015 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

Excellent comments Gayle. You appear better informed than the writer of this article. He says that the legislators are funding at higher amounts than ever before. Well, that is because they have underfunded for decades. If you pay your housekeeper 50 cents an hour for decades and then raise it to $5, that's a significant increase BUT, it's still significantly underpaying.

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Posted by Karen Adlum on 05/25/2015 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

This is very uneducated article. Obviously the author did not do a lot of research. First of all the WEA did not and cannot force its members to walk out. What they actually did was support those that chose to as well as those that decided to do otherwise. Secondly the legislature has been held incontempt by the supreme court because at the rate they are progressing it will be 2056 before they have met their constitutional obligation. In the past six years, teachers have not received a cost of living allocation and have seen their medical costs soar, sometimes at a thousand percent. Some are receiving significantly lower pay because of this. Currently the senate only plans on putting 1.3 billion back into education. It comes at a heavy price though because it would eliminate collective bargaining rights at the local level and would eliminate local control over healthcare plans. The vague plan would create a new healthcare system, to be overseen by a yet unnamed committee, which would naturally have to receive a salary. The beauracracy is mindboggling. Unfortunately it would cut teachers healthcare to pay for it while state workers and state legislators already receive two hundred dollars more for their health plans. The senate, while giving themselves an 11.2 pay increase, would only give teachers a 2.3 increase over two years which would in no way make up for the 26000 dollars in back pay they owe educators. The house has the highest amount, which would put 1.8 billion but in no way meets the five billion they have been mandated to add. Also this is the second time voters have decreed there should be smaller class sizes. I think it is highly insulting to say that voters didn't know what they asking. Most four through 12 classes have over 30 children in a class. A high school teacher can see upwards of 200 students in a single day. We, as a state, are 47th in the nation in class sizes. This is a major problem. Teachers cannot work individually with students when classes are so large. This is how students get left behind. The legislators have promised to lower class sizes in K-3 but it comes at a price. There are two bills, one in the house and one in the senate, that would add eight students to every four through 12 class. A class of 35 would now be a class of 43. This is a logistical nightmare, not to mention a safety hazard. Many teachers spend 60 to 80 hours a week already on grading and planning. Can you imagine what this extra workload would do? None of the plans coming out of Olympia are good. In a state with the fifth highest economy in the country, I find it interesting that we can give Boeing a nine billion dollar tax cut, refuse to close the loophole that states Microsoft is still a start up (they only pay two percent) but refuse to support the future of our society.

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Posted by Gayle on 05/25/2015 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

You want to see some walk outs at public schools? Give parents vouchers for their kids' tuition to be spent at the schools of their choosing, and watch the kids go. Then the union would have something to cry about, and deservedly so. But because most parents don't have choices, the union and their members can throw a tantrum with impunity.

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Posted by muddydog on 05/24/2015 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Too Early to Tell

In a head to head poll of Republicans between Ms. Farris and Hillary Clinton, I bet Ms. Farris wins handily. Then again, Mickey Mouse or Daffy Duck would beat Ms. Clinton too, and rightly so. They'd get a lot of money from Acme Co., but they wouldn't lie about it, and their positions on foreign and domestic policy are every bit as insightful as hers.

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Posted by muddydog on 05/24/2015 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Dude, Where's My Bike?

not rocket scientists.

Posted by Romeomoon on 05/23/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Others have a different view of the value of an Executive MBA program.

http://www.economist.com/whichmba/executive-mba-ranking/2015?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/bl/st/firstprincipals

Posted by Al Olsen on 05/23/2015 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

Thank you for articulating what many of us parents and many students are feeling.

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Posted by justme43 on 05/22/2015 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Defending the System

It is easy to be prejudiced against criminal defendants and assume their guilt. I am a firm believer in the policy of "innocent until proven guilty;' it is an important foundation of democracy. I agree with this Adams when he said he thought that "helping people most in need would be a noble profession." I believe in the judicial system as long as those within it act with honor and honesty. One man cannot define the lines between justice and mercy, but that is why we have a jury as well as a judge and lawyers for both sides.
Eli | Alvine and King Law

Posted by elibaine on 05/22/2015 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

If Todd Mielke had received $300 million dollars from corrupt foreign governments, big corporations or billionaires who want access to his family of crooks he would be adored and worshipped as a GOD. If he had deleted EVERY email he ever sent and broke every public records law in America he would be running for president and worshipped by this very same writer and a gift to society.

Maybe Todd is being shamed because his "crime" is that he is simply not stealing enough, corrupt enough or that he does not lie nearly enough to media watchdogs?

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Posted by Public sector on 05/22/2015 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

You're too kind to Farnell!

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Posted by Dave Koch on 05/21/2015 at 10:01 PM

Re: “The Contenders

Don't forget the measles aspect, either.

Here's an article from the NY Times earlier this month talking about how getting the measles can reduce the ability of the body to ward off other infections as well: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/m…

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Posted by DavidGreen on 05/21/2015 at 4:15 PM

Re: “The Contenders

@larrycebula:

Here's what Fagan said:
“Men and women are not equal,” he said. “Biologically, there are differences between men and women. Is a 150-pound woman (police officer) going to be able to control a 250-pound, out-of-control so-and-so?”

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/apr/…

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Posted by VictorLaszlo on 05/21/2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “The Contenders

Easy to pick who you will and won't vote for. Money will be raised for some of the new candidates.

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Posted by Teresa Juneau-Simon on 05/21/2015 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Mielke got a degree to advance his career, and that's bad? He networks to find another job like unemployment counselors suggest, and that's bad? Didn't the Utah candidate leave his last position under an ethical cloud due to outside consulting, and yet he's "well-qualified"? Wouldn't anybody in the position be an at-will employee and subject to pressure from County Commissioners? This seems like a lot of handwringing without much substance.

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Posted by muddydog on 05/21/2015 at 11:07 AM

Re: “The Contenders

"Ben Krauss, an analyst with the city who said he's running because of Fagan's views on pay differences between men and women working in city government."

I hate to ask...but what are Fagan's views on this matter?

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Posted by larrycebula on 05/21/2015 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Promises and Payments

Thank God, someone finally created some shade for the Ag Center each winter. Oh, change that to thank you WW for keeping our Ag Center in your very large hotel's shadow all winter and running up the city's heating costs, icing up the sidewalks and blocking views.

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Posted by True Justice on 05/21/2015 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

This whole thing smells like a Port-a-Potty. Were we, the citizens of Spokane County, paying Mielke's full-time salary while he was off to school in Seattle? Even worse, were we paying his tuition and travel expenses? Very smelly.

Sort of as Desi would've said to Lucy, "Todd, you got some reimbursin' to do!"

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Posted by True Justice on 05/20/2015 at 11:47 PM

Re: “The Collaborator

Murray is a die-hard liberal, but can still compromise, negotiate and succeed. And she's learned that you have to act in good faith by keeping your word and not insulting your opponents. I wonder how she managed to learn these lessons, which the President has not learned.

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Posted by muddydog on 05/20/2015 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Presidential Litmus Test

George Nethercutt speaks as if he were a vanguard of moral authority in this land. But his party of obstructionists and servants of the "one percent" is the cause of most of our country's woes. With their vengeful and almost childlike contempt for Obama and progressive politics in general, they are part of the problem, not the solution. Our infastructure is crumbling....roads, bridges, water systems, sewer systems, and lots more, but the Republicans are not coming forth with the funding to rebuild them, in spite of all the jobs that would create. I agree with the commenter in a recent Inlander issue, who stated that "our system is so out of touch with the needs of the people, it's almost juvenile"...and it's folks like Nethercutt who are to blame.

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Posted by funkutron on 05/19/2015 at 12:56 PM

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