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A Few More Bucks in Washington Teachers' Pockets?

Washington News Service | January 20, 2014 | Chris Thomas, Producer


SEATTLE - An issue coming up again this year in the Washington Legislature is whether to restore the cost-of-living allowance (COLA) to paychecks of teachers and other education workers who have done without it since 2009. - Read or listen to entire story at:

Renton Bus Drivers, Mechanics Involved In Their Community

Public News Service - WA | December 24, 2013 | Chris Thomas, Producer

RENTON, Wash. - Christmas is on a Wednesday this year, but many Wednesdays will be special days in the New Year for the bus drivers and mechanics of the Renton School District, in the suburban area south of Seattle. They spend one Wednesday evening a month helping to prepare and serve the Renton Community Supper, a nightly hot meal provided through the Salvation Army. [read or listen to full story]

Washington's I-BEST Program Catches On

Public News Service - WA | December 27, 2013 | Chris Thomas, Producer

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Not all teens or young adults who show up at college are ready to be there, but a program at Washington's community colleges has been so successful at transitioning them that it's gained national attention.

I-BEST turns seven in January. It stands for Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training. [read or listen to the full story]

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

Washington News Service | Chris Thomas, Producer | Dec. 9, 2013

SEATTLE - Today is a National Day of Action for teachers' unions and community groups, called "Reclaim the Promise of Public Education." The premise is that students from different ethnic and income backgrounds will not have equal opportunities to learn as long as public school funding, staff and subjects continue to be cut. [Full audio and written version here.]


Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

AFT Washington President Karen Strickland on the importance of a public education system that supports those who work at schools and colleges with adequate resources and professional development as well as providing the community and students with the ability to achieve their dreams.

Green River Community College Faculty Want Increase in Salaries

Seattle Times Education Blog | by Katherine Long, reporter | Nov. 22 with update on Nov. 23

More than 150 Green River Community College faculty members presented a petition to the college’s board of trustees Thursday asking that an increase in state funding be put toward a boost in faculty salaries, particularly for adjunct faculty. [read full story]

Mayor, legislators urge UW to settle labor dispute with language teachers

The Seattle Times Education Blog | Posted by Katherine Long, Reporter

Five Democratic state legislators and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn are calling on the University of Washington to settle a long-running contract dispute with the university’s International English Language faculty.[read full blog article]

Campus Equity Week: Full-Time Respect for Part-Time Professors

Public News Service - WA | Chris Thomas, Producer

October 28, 2013

SEATTLE - This is Campus Equity Week, in recognition of adjunct or part-time faculty members who are teaching most college classes today in Washington. They have all the responsibilities, but few of the perks, that come with being a professor. Some have no health insurance and work at more than one school to piece together a steady income. - See more at:

Looting the Pension Funds

Sept. 26, 2013 | Rolling Stone Magazine | Matt Taibbi

In the final months of 2011, almost two years before the city of Detroit would shock America by declaring bankruptcy in the face of what it claimed were insurmountable pension costs, the state of Rhode Island took bold action to avert what it called its own looming pension crisis.


"Tuition-Free" College? It's Not Free.

AFT has examined a recent proposal called "Pay It Forward" in which students attend college without paying tuition up front but instead will pay 3% of the salary they earn in the future once they graduate to cover the costs for others to attend college. It's not as simple as it seems.