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January 16, 2020
In this Issue...Freedom Foundation & Your Personal Information, Make Waves in Olympia, Vote TODAY for RA, HEA Surveys in January, Listening Sessions in February, Save these Dates!

Dear Members,
Yes, the email from HSD’s very own Michelle Terry is not spam.  Yes, the Freedom Foundation believes that if they had all your personal information, their attack ads will convince you to drop your union membership. They are turning up the pressure because a drop in membership since the Janus Court ruling has not materialized.  In fact, the opposite has happened.  As a result of increased guest teacher enrollment, HEA overall membership has increased from a 90% to 95% in the last six months.  With regular members only included, enrollment has stayed strong at 99%.  Please watch your home email closely beginning Friday for an update from WEA on the court case ruling aimed at stopping or delaying the release of our birthdates. 

And in the meantime, you can give a piece of your mind to your legislators. Get Political (below) and join us in Olympia on Monday to express your need to fix this PRR situation, along with other needs in our schools. 

Working on Your Behalf!

Jump in - the Water’s Fine!  Meet the lawmakers representing the Highline service area and share your stories.  Sign up here to lobby on January 20 and show up in Olympia to promote the things you care about. Tell our legislators to protect our identities and pass HB 1888.  The times and locations will be emailed to all who sign up for lobbying including how to get mileage for carpool drivers along with a lunch for all attendees.

Every Vote Counts!  Vote electronically for Representatives to the WEA and NEA Representative Assemblies.  Look for the special E-Focus sent to your home email on Monday.  Please check your spam filter, and if you don’t see it there, email me.  Voting will remain open until Friday, Jan 17 at 5:30PM.  Read about the candidates right on the ballot. Watch for results here in the eFocus, after the Rep Council certifies the election on February 3.

Your Experience Needs to be Heard and Addressed.  Please work collaboratively with your HEA Rep Team to report your experiences with student behavior and schoolwide supports.  Results will be shared with the district in a variety of venues in order to successfully address the issues and concerns voiced by you and your colleagues.

Self-Contained Special Education Surveys. Educators in self-contained special education classrooms are receiving individual surveys.  Your experiences will be compiled separately and should not be collected through your school report.

Climate Survey.  The annual school climate survey is open early this year. Completing the survey during the last two weeks in January will give the district and your admin team a chance to make changes and improvements this school year. Thank you for your time and patience this month as we adjust to changes in society and our schools.  We will work on negotiating more detailed feedback on student behaviors, educator injuries and system supports for next year’s joint climate survey.

Bargaining Listening Sessions.  We want to know your issues in order to identify our bargaining priorities.  These sessions will be held at Central Office: 
•    Secondary DL (3:30) & Elementary DL (4:30) in the north classroom on Feb 11
•    Special Education (south classroom) & ESAs (board room) on Feb 12@ 4:00 (& repeated at 5:00)
•    Secondary (3:30) & Elementary (4:30) in the board room on Feb 13
Off-site Listening Sessions:  Sessions for HEA Educators of Color will be held at the Downtown Burien Library (Shorewood room) on Feb 20 at 3:45 & repeated at 4:45 so come to either session.

Save these Dates for Union-Supported Events in the Area
RECN Equity Conference.  The Rainier Educators of Color Network is sponsoring a free intersectional Equity Conference for educators, students, and the wider community on Saturday, February 1 from 8:30AM-4:30PM.  It will be held at Chinook Middle School. Register here. Plan on arriving between 7:30-8:30AM for conference sign-in and free breakfast.  Free clock hours and lunch are also provided.  Almost two dozen sessions, including local students and guest presenters from around the country, will be offered.  In addition, Mr. Richardson will be there with Unspoken Truths: The Traveling American History Museum recently sponsored by HEA at the HPS summer Equity Symposium.  This year's keynote speaker will be the brilliant Kumar Rashad, National Council of Urban Educators.

Pushout: The Movie. A screening and panel discussion for the movie Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools will be held on February 21 from 5-8:00PM at the Merrill Gardens Retirement Center in downtown Burien.

Unspoken Truths: Traveling American History Museum.  Educators, families and community members are invited to an evening historical interactive experience at Sylvester Middle School.  Details to follow.

South Sound Saturday School.  Plan on attending March 21 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Steilacoom High School.  All courses qualify for clock hours and some meet requirements for STEM hours.  Watch for registration information coming soon on the WEA PD Network calendar!  Registration fee is $35. Please pay and send your receipt to Portia Robinson. The HEA will reimburse your tuition after attendance.