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Way to go, HEA! Standing room only!

HEA Members packed the March 12 AND April 23 school board meetings! We need to keep the communication flowing! On April 23, speakers spoke about the zero suspension goal/PBIS and concerns over bringing Teach for America into Highline schools. Again, our speakers were fantastic! We had teachers from Renton and Seattle speak to the result TFA has had in their districts and the residual effects that continue. The "Highline Times" wrote an excellent article from the board meeting. Read the April 30 Highline Times article. Visit our website to read speakers' statements shared at the board meeting.

We hope to hear a response from our school board regarding our concerns shared at the last meeting.

Please join us! We need to 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, May 14 
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: ERAC Office - Board Room
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Burien, WA 98166
HEA President Sue McCabe will host appetizers across the street at Azteca at 4:30 pm. 

Please consider sharing your knowledge and experiences on
student behavior, 6th grade planning and/or standardized testing. 

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.

Special Screening of "Standardized"

Highline Education Association will present a special screening of "STANDARDIZED Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education" on Saturday, May 17, 10:30 a.m. at the Burien Library, 400 SW 152nd St.

For decades, standardized testing has been a part of public education. Within the last 10 years, however, education reform has promoted even more testing. Test scores, mistakenly viewed as effective assessments of student ability and teacher/school effectiveness, are anything but. "Standardized" sheds light on the invalid nature of these tests, the terrible consequences of high-stakes testing, and the big money that's involved.

Share this flier with anyone who has an interest in public education and join us for this special screening. Visit the movie website for more information about the film.

I-1351 Class Size Initiative
Washington's class sizes are 47th out of 50 states! WEA's annual Representative Assembly voted to support Initiative 1351-sponsored by the community coalition Class Size Counts. I-1351 would reduce class sizes in every grade level and subject. We need 350,000 signatures of Washington registered voters to put I-1351 on the ballot in November.  Please do your part in collecting signatures. Many of you are using the initiative that was in the "We 2.0" magazine that arrived in at your home, and that's great! If you need another petition or didn't get one, see your HEA building representative for a petition.

Contract Waiver Deadline
HEA Building representatives have received training on our contract waiver process. If your school staff would like to submit a contract waiver for school year 2014-15, the request must be submitted prior to May 19. Staff from your school will present to the HEA Executive Board for recommendation. If there is a recommendation to approve the waiver, the HEA Representative Council makes the final recommendation. See your HEA Building Representative if you have questions. Please do not submit requests in June!

PG&E Training
Sign up for the PG&E Training! HEA member Maggie Heater is leading valuable training on the Comprehensive and Focused Evaluation. You are paid at per diem rate for this training. Sign up soon!

In this Issue ...
  • School Board Connections
  • Standardized - the movie
  • Class Size Initiative I-1351
  • Contract Waiver
  • PG&E Training

Q: Will staff be docked for PIT time this July?
A: Highline School District has assured us that no one will be docked for PIT time this year only. Principals must offer multiple opportunities for staff to fulfill the 14 hours of PIT time. We are not excused from PIT time. It is part of our total TRI package that is paid to us in equal installments throughout the year. If you do not have 14 hours of PIT time approved, address this with your principal immediately.

Q: What is the status of PIT time next school year?
A: We do not have an increase in the total number of TRI days = 13.5 days. However, for school year 2014-15, 3 of these days (21 hours) will be designated as PIT time. Principals are currently working to structure in advance their PIT time opportunities for next year.

Your Contract
The HEA/HSD Collective Bargaining Agreement is available on our HEA website.

HEA Retirement Social
Save May 29 to honor our retiring members. Our retirement social will be held at Anthony's Homeport in Des Moines from 4:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP to Jan Shannon.

Contact Us

Sue McCabe
HEA President
206-246-4340, Ext. 121

Jan Shannon
Administrative Assistant
206-246-4340, Ext. 123

Elizabeth Beck
WEA UniServ Rep
206-246-4340, Ext. 122

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