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First Ever NEA Representative Assembly 
As HEA members, we are part of the Washington Education Association's 83,000 members and part of the National Education Association's nearly 3 million members. Michael McSweeney (Learning Center at Woodside) shares some of his passion and excitement around representing you and the HEA membership this past summer at the NEA Representative Assembly in Orlando, Fla. Read Michael's impressions. We elected Michael as one of the delegates to represent HEA members at both the state and national representative assemblies. It is an awesome experience that helps us all understand the work and impact of public education advocacy. Michael invites you to join our delegation to represent your HEA colleagues at the state or the national level. Thank you, Michael!

WEA/NEA Representative Assemblies
Interested in learning more about our state and national organization? Consider running as a candidate for the state or national assembly. Michael McSweeney (see above) ran as a first-time candidate in his 39th year of teaching! Accept his invitation to help represent the best interests for students and for us at either the state level or at the national level. Candidate nominations open on Nov. 2. If interested, please check in with your HEA Building Representative. Voting is in January. 

  • WEA RA DATES: April 7-9 in Spokane, WA
  • NEA RA DATES: July 2-7 in Washington DC

HEA Leadership Building Visits 
In a continued effort to reach out to HEA membership and listen to your in-building needs, HEA Leadership is scheduling building visits. Currently, HHS received an all-day visit on Monday, Oct. 12. Cedarhurst Elementary is next in the queue on Oct. 29 with Bow Lake Elementary scheduled for Nov. 9. Visits include Sue McCabe, HEA President, and Elizabeth Beck, WEA UniServ Representative. When possible, additional HEA Executive Board members will join as well. Please connect with your HEA Building Representative if you and your colleagues would like us to visit. 

Messages of Solidarity
Your HEA Leadership would like to continue to build our solidarity. There are simple ways for us to do this. WEAR RED FOR PUBLIC ED -- on Wednesdays. You can wear your HEA T-shirt to work on Wednesdays!

A second way to build solidarity: School Board Connections. Come to an HSD School Board meeting. Learn what our board is deciding for your students, for you, for your colleagues.

Next School Board Meeting: Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. Grab a bite to eat at Azteca with other HEA colleagues. Food provided by HEA at 4:45 p.m. 

Class Size/Overload Pay
Mitigation Pay begins on Oct. 1. If you are overloaded, you will receive your stipend for the first 10 days of October at the end of this month. The line item will read, "Surplus Student Stipend." It is recommended that you keep track of your own overage to ensure accurate payment. Read more about overload pay.

2015 WEA Human & Civil Rights Leadership Conference: Does Race Still Matter?
This is a great training opportunity. Read about the conference and register here. Space is limited. If you would like HEA to cover your member registration fee, please contact Stephanie Steel or call 206-246-4340.
School Board Interviews
There are four Highline School Board seats coming up for election in November, and for the first time in many years, HEA/WEA-PAC members interviewed candidates to determine whether or not HEA/WEA-PAC would make any endorsements. The members of the team varied in experience from 3 years to 21 years. Four candidates accepted the invitation to interview with HEA/WEA-PAC members and submitted a written questionnaire. At the personal interview, we asked the same questions of each candidate that participated, and then discussed the candidates' answers for over three hours on two different evenings. We interviewed the following candidates; Bernie Dorsey (current Board President) Michael Spear (incumbent), John Burdine (challenging Mr. Spear), and Joe Van (recently appointed board member). In the end, we chose not to endorse any of the candidates. As in-building certificated members, we are concerned about the significant gaps in knowledge around testing and regarding the day-to-day realities for our students and our members. As a result, we regret that we are unable to recommend endorsements at this time to our members. This was a very difficult decision and debate was thorough and representative. We did let each of the candidates know that many HEA members are committed to maximizing communication with Board members, beyond participating in School Board meetings. If you want to be part of these efforts, please contact Sue McCabe
Oct. 23, 2015

In this Issue ... 
  • First Ever NEA Representative Assembly
  • WEA/NEA Representative Assemblies
  • HEA Building Visits
  • Solidarity
  • Class Size/Overload Pay
  • WEA Human & Civil Rights Training Opportunity
  • School Board Interviews


Q: When will the new contract be available?
A: Great news! It is being posted on the HSD website any day now. Following that, you will be able to find it on the HEA website as well.

Q: How can we continue to show our HEA solidarity?
A: Wear Red Days On Wednesdays! Stay tuned to your HEA Building Rep. 

Your Contract

THE HEA/HSD Collective Bargaining Agreement will be available on the HEA website. There also will be a print copy in each school. More information is available on our  website.

Contact Us

Sue McCabe
HEA President
206-246-4340, Ext. 26

Stephanie Steel
Administrative Assistant
206-246-4340, Ext. 21

Elizabeth Beck
WEA UniServ Rep
206-246-4340, Ext. 25

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