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July 22, 2013 at 6:08 AM

Washington Education Association and reform

WEA wants what’s best for kids

Liv Finne blames all that is wrong in our schools on the Washington Education Association (WEA). [“Guest column: WEA blocked education reforms,” Opinion, July 16.]

Were she to step away from the motive of demonizing the teachers’ union, she might discover that a huge shift has recently occurred in education in our state. With union support, our Legislature adopted a rigorous teacher-evaluation system.

Teachers who do not meet the standard will lose their jobs. Additionally, with WEA support, Washington has adopted the federal Common Core State Standards for K-12, bringing rigor and high expectations to every classroom.

Both of these shifts mean teachers will be focused on their practice, with the goal of constant improvement.

Finne also fails to mention that schools closing early one day per week means teachers have the time to plan meaningful lessons, accomplishing her goal of better teaching. This occurs with no loss of classroom contact for the student in overall minutes.

Because Finne is outside the field of education, she can’t possibly understand the layers of complexity involved with being a good teacher. She might try supporting those of us in the field by admitting even the WEA wants what’s best for our kids.

Jennie Knapp, Kirkland

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