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April 17, 2014

School Board Connections!

HEA members packed the March 12 school board meeting to talk about House Bill 2800, which would have mandated use of student test scores in the evaluations of all Washington state teachers. Our speakers were fantastic! Read the speakers' statements on our HEA website.

We need to fill our school board meeting again and continue to share our collective voices on the next School Board Connections Night. Please come to the school board meeting and ask your colleagues to join you!

Date: Wednesday, April 23 
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: ERAC Office - Board Room, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, in Burien

Sue McCabe will provide appetizers across the street at Azteca at 4:45 p.m.  

We are planning a series of suggested speaking topics. Please consider sharing your knowledge and experiences on:

  • Student behavior
  • Time to complete your work
  • Teach for America

Of course, anyone can speak on any topic of their choosing. HEA members have asked for guidance around topics to present at school board meetings.

New Information of interest to teachers

Highline School District is entering into a contract with Teach for America (TFA). TFA is an organization that recruits college graduates and professionals who may not have chosen teaching as a career. TFA corps teachers start by teaching for two years in a low-income community. To prepare for their teaching assignment, there is a five-week summer training institute that TFA corps members participate in immediately prior to starting in a classroom. There is no semester or year-long student teaching under a teacher mentor. Five weeks of training and into the classroom! Read more about TFA.
Please come to the April 23 school board meeting and speak out on your issue!

I will be speaking about my concerns regarding TFA as well as on the new class size initiative. Our state Legislature provides a large financial incentive for nationally certified teachers to choose to teach in low-income communities, communicating the need for extensive professional development and training.

Highline teachers lead the nation in NBCT teachers. Why would our school district be interested in placing individuals with no training in our low-income community schools?
If you are interested in speaking at the school board meeting: call Kyle Minaglia at 206-631-3001 to sign up. Scheduled speakers may speak at the start of the meeting rather than at the end. There is a scheduled HSD staff communication time for HEA leadership to speak at each meeting. Please stay for those statements as well.

If you have questions, please call the HEA office at 206-246-4340.

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