State Teachers Union http://www.kplu.org en Democrats abandon teachers' union over health benefits fight http://www.kplu.org/post/democrats-abandon-teachers-union-over-health-benefits-fight OLYMPIA, Wash. – Democrats in the Washington Senate have endorsed a state takeover of K-12 employee health benefits similar to what Oregon did in 2007. The goal is to save money, but it angers a key Democratic constituency — Washington's teachers' union.<p>For decades, the Washington Education Association in partnership with Premera Blue Cross has provided health coverage to school employees. This is big business. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:40:17 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3715 at http://www.kplu.org Despite data, state supe Dorn says new evaluation system needed for teachers and principals http://www.kplu.org/post/despite-data-state-supe-dorn-says-new-evaluation-system-needed-teachers-and-principals <p>If you listen to the numbers, there&#39;s no need for any change in the way teachers and principals are evaluated in public schools here in Washington State.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/52585661/Sees-Summary-PDF-Sy2009-10">Data is in</a> from a first-ever statewide survey about their performance. It says very few teachers are a problem: not even 500 were rated unsatisfactory in all of Washington.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:12:29 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1162 at http://www.kplu.org Despite data, state supe Dorn says new evaluation system needed for teachers and principals Audit on K-12 health benefits runs afoul of unions http://www.kplu.org/post/audit-k-12-health-benefits-runs-afoul-unions <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955850.mp3</p><p>Majority Democrats in the Washington Legislature are working to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap. But they&#39;re not likely to implement a change the State Auditor says could save $180 million over the two-year budget cycle, as the idea runs afoul of the powerful teacher&#39;s union.</p><p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 16:15:48 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 929 at http://www.kplu.org