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Re: WEA news release



Juanita,

I'll forward this to New York State United Teachers tomorrow.

Thanks

Bill
----- Original Message -----
From: "Juanita Doyon" <Jedoyon@AOL.COM>
To: <ARN-L@listsrva.CUA.EDU>
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2002 7:28 PM
Subject: WEA news release


> WEA OUTLOOK NEWS RELEASE
>
> 02/20/02 Contact: Rich Wood, 253-765-7042
> WEA CALLS FOR WASL SUSPENSION IF EDUCATION BUDGET IS CUT
>
> At a news conference Thursday, Washington Education Association
> President
> Charles Hasse will call for a temporary suspension of the high-stakes
> Washington
> Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) if the 2002 Legislature cuts
> funding for
> K-12 public schools.
>
> Facing a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers are considering
> cutting nearly
> $300 million from the K-12 budget, including Learning Improvement Days,
> the
> Better Schools Fund and teacher health benefits. Gov. Gary Locke has
> suggested
> cutting teacher pay by eliminating the annual cost-of-living salary
> adjustments
> approved by a 63 percent statewide vote.
>
> Those cuts would exacerbate the current shortage of qualified educators
> and make
> it harder to compete with the private sector and schools in other
> states. To
> meet higher academic standards, Washington's public schools must attract
> and
> keep high-quality teachers and education support professionals.
>
> "It is unrealistic to expect continued academic progress and unfair to
> test
> students for high standards without providing the resources they and
> their
> teachers need to succeed," says Hasse, a fourth-grade teacher.
>
> Who: WEA President Charles Hasse
> What: School funding news conference
> Where: Third-floor reception room, Legislative (Capitol) Building,
> Olympia
> When: 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21
>
>
> The Washington Education Association represents 74,000 K-12 and higher
> education
> employees and is the state's largest professional organization for
> educators.
>
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