Teachers Union http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Teachers Expected to Reject District's Contract Offer http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-teachers-expected-reject-districts-contract-offer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle teachers are expected to reject the school district’s latest contract offer at its meeting Monday evening, but the superintendent suggests the district is ready to deal on some key sticking points.</span></p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:30:21 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9764 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Teachers Expected to Reject District's Contract Offer Seattle school district considers extending elementary school day http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-school-district-considers-extending-elementary-school-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle Public Schools wants to add a half-hour to the school day for elementary students by as early as the next school year. But the district must first align a number of variables, including funding and union support.</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8425 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle school district considers extending elementary school day Battle looms over control of teachers' health care http://www.kplu.org/post/battle-looms-over-control-teachers-health-care <p>Washington schools superintendent Randy Dorn is expected Tuesday to endorse a state takeover of K-12 employee health care. But the union that represents Washington teachers is prepared to defend its decades-long role as a provider of health insurance.</p><p>The teachers&rsquo; union calls it a taxpayer &ldquo;rip off&rdquo; and government &ldquo;boondoggle.&rdquo; Fiery language to describe a plan to put the state of Washington in the driver&rsquo;s seat when it comes to K-12 employee health benefits.</p><p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:12:42 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3502 at http://www.kplu.org Tacoma schools to start on time after teacher strike vote falls short http://www.kplu.org/post/tacoma-schools-start-time-after-teacher-strike-vote-falls-short <p>Tacoma students will head back to school today, despite their teachers having no contract.</p><p>Teachers voted on whether to strike last night, but <a href="http://wea.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=22681.0">fell about 30 votes short of the majority needed to boycott the district</a>, according to a letter sent to teachers by Andy Coons, president of the Tacoma Education Association.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:32:09 +0000 KPLU News Staff 2504 at http://www.kplu.org Tacoma teacher contract talks stall, raising fears of strike http://www.kplu.org/post/tacoma-teacher-contract-talks-stall-raising-fears-strike <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984003.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984003.mp3</a></p><p>The first day of school for Tacoma students is just a few days away, but their teachers might not show up.</p><p>They have yet to reach an agreement over their contract with the school district. That leaves many families worried that a strike could be on the horizon.</p><p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:30:58 +0000 Charla Bear 2466 at http://www.kplu.org Senate approves performance-based teacher lay-offs http://www.kplu.org/post/senate-approves-performance-based-teacher-lay-offs <p>The State Senate has approved a controversial proposal to base teacher lay-offs on performance - not seniority. The vote late Tuesday triggered a heated debate on the Senate floor and split majority Democrats. Senator Rodney Tom is a suburban Seattle Democrat. He led the charge for performance-based lay-offs:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Why in the world would you ever lay-off a second year or third year or fourth year teacher of the year in lieu of maybe an eight or ninth year teacher who is on probation? It just makes no sense.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:06:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1195 at http://www.kplu.org Teacher layoff reform bill dies in Legislature http://www.kplu.org/post/teacher-layoff-reform-bill-dies-legislature <p>A proposal to base teacher layoffs on performance - and not seniority - has died in the Washington legislature. The bill&#39;s demise is a victory for the state&rsquo;s teacher&#39;s union, but a frustrating defeat for some lawmakers.&nbsp;</p><p style="padding-bottom: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; font-family: inherit; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; border-left-width: 0px; font-weight: inherit; padding-top: 0px">Currently, when school districts reduce staff newer more junior teachers typically lose their jobs first. A bipartisan proposal in the Washington legislature would have changed that.</p><p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:10:22 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 911 at http://www.kplu.org Teach for America coming to Seattle this fall http://www.kplu.org/post/teach-america-coming-seattle-fall <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-946387.mp3</p><p>Despite opposition from the local teachers' union and a lawsuit from parents and community groups, <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/education/2013969632_teachforamerica19m.html">Teach for America has announced it will return to public schools in the Seattle area in the 2011-12 academic year.</a></p><p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:54:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 553 at http://www.kplu.org Community group sues to keep Teach for America out of Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/community-group-sues-keep-teach-america-out-seattle <p>A group of Seattle parents and community members has filed a lawsuit to stop <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/area/main/index.dxml">Seattle Public Schools</a> from bringing <a href="http://www.teachforamerica.org/">Teach for America</a> to the city.</p> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:12:04 +0000 Charla Bear 393 at http://www.kplu.org