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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: “LOCAL BAND VIDEO ROUNDUP: Moretta, the Muzes, Windoe and more

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Re: “WW: Liquor board conducts sting; Christians, Morgan Freeman make case for weed

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Posted by Jose Lab on 05/25/2015 at 3:51 PM

Re: “I Saw You

Lies and games... really? You still think I wax continuously cheating? ??

Posted by Adelle Hurst on 05/25/2015 at 6:05 AM

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: “Oddity | South Hill's Haven

Just want to say that I have always been very impressed with the work Deb does...

Posted by Patty on 05/24/2015 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Dude, Where's My Bike?

not rocket scientists.

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

Re: “Marine For Life

Semper fi and thanks for your service.

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Posted by Romeomoon on 05/23/2015 at 6:21 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: “Caffeinated Chemistry

Such a beautifully written article. Thank you for showing Beautiful Grounds and Nitro coldbrew coffee some love. Stop by and check it out. Elly( co- owner)

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Posted by Elly Allen on 05/22/2015 at 5:10 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.
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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: “Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge, again

I've seen Dave twice at the Gorge. Twenty times...that's incredible!

Posted by Blair Daly on 05/22/2015 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Band to Watch 2015: LOOMER

I appreciate how the author of this article, (Mike Bookey), actually talks a bit about the music.... For most of the article actually, yet in a way that is both layman and astute. No real mention on what they wear or what other local bands they can be pigeonholed alongside. It was concise, has good flow, and makes me want to hear the band. Thanks for a good article, Mike!

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Posted by Dylan on 05/21/2015 at 10:19 PM

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: “Bands to Watch 2015: FLANNEL MATH ANIMAL

The best in Spokane!

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Posted by Clown Town on 05/21/2015 at 5:11 PM

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