We are the local affiliate of the Washington Education Association of the National Education Association. We represent the interests, job benefits, working conditions, and legal rights of the employees of the Tahoma School District in Maple Valley, Washington.
To continue to serve our members, we need to hear from you! So, whether you want to lift your voice in a building meeting, or lift your voice as a representative for your building, keep talking. We're listening.
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Building Listening Meetings Scheduled for Early December
The Negotiated Agreement between the Tahoma School District and the Tahoma Education Association is coming to end this school year. We will begin negotiations with the district this spring. In order to advocate for our members, we need to hear from you. During the first two weeks of December you will have an opportunity to share your voice with TEA. Each building will be hosting a Listening Meeting in which members of the Bargaining Team will listen and take notes on what you have to say. These meetings are open to TEA members only. This information will help guide us as we create a general survey that will come out to all members in January.
Please consider attending your buildings Listening Meeting. If you cannot attend your buildings meeting, please consider attending one of the others. See flyers posted in your building, or one of your building reps, for the full schedule of these meetings.
Our Voice Washington Is Collecting Teacher Stories About Class Size
As teachers, we can easily explain the benefits of smaller class sizes:
More individualized attention for each student.
More student-teacher engagement.
Higher academic achievement for disadvantaged and low-income students.
Reducing classroom crowding is the most proven, effective reform to improve academic achievement at every grade level while retaining good teachers. Despite the research and our own experience, the Washington Legislature has failed to fund the small class sizes our students deserve. In fact, Washingtons class sizes are 47th in the nationonly three states have classrooms more crowded than ours!
Class Size Counts is a communitybased campaign to reduce class sizes in our state. We can start by sharing our class size numbers and stories on the Class Size Counts website. If we build public awareness and political pressure, we can persuade the Legislature to comply with the Supreme Courts McCleary decision and fund smaller class sizes when it convenes in January.
Our Voice Washington is collecting teachers stories about class size. Also available on the Class Size Counts webpage is some research supporting the benefits of smaller classes. Take a moment and share your story!
The mission of the Tahoma Education Association is to promote the interests of staff, the interests of students, the profession of education, as well as community involvement and awareness of educational professionals.
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