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Everett teachers union members vote for a one-day walkout

Everett Education Association members voted today to participate in the region-wide rolling teachers walkout on Friday, May 22nd, to protest legislative inaction. This teachers’ union represents over 1,000 teachers in the Everett School District.
The last day of school will now be June 17th instead of June 16th. Image courtesy of Everett Education Association.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

May 15, 2015, update.

Everett Public Schools Director of Communications Mary Waggoner provided the following update:

“The district did not ‘choose’ May 22.”

“In early spring the teacher's union asked the district assessment office for a list of dates in April and May when state-required testing was not scheduled.”

“The assessment office provided a list of dates beginning in April when testing was not scheduled and when a ‘potential’ walkout would be least disruptive to students and families and would have minimal impact on previously scheduled field trips and events.”

“The district appreciates the union membership's selection of a non-testing day for its protest. The district also appreciates the advanced notice of the union's choice. That has enabled the district to give families and other staff several days' notice of the union's choice of protest date.”

Original May 14, 2015, article.

Everett Education Association members voted today to participate in the region-wide rolling teachers walkout on Friday, May 22nd, to protest legislative inaction. This teachers’ union represents over 1,000 teachers in the Everett School District.

Other local school districts that have already experienced teachers walkouts include Snohomish, Mukilteo, Marysville, Oak Harbor, Shoreline, and Stanwood-Camano.

According to a statement on the Everett Education Association website the reason for the walkout is as follows:

“The Legislature is poised to produce a State budget that does not do enough to fund schools. As it stands there is a good chance student test scores will be tied to teacher evaluation as well.”

“Unless we exert pressure and stand up, our schools will not get the funding needed, our compensation will not be sufficiently increased, and we will be pressurized even more by legislative reform.“

Mary Waggoner, Everett School District Director of Communications, said the school district also doesn’t think the Legislature is doing enough to fund schools, “We agree the state has failed to fully fund K-12 education and must live up to its responsibility as mandated by the State Supreme Court.”

State Representative Mark Harmsworth (R – Mill Creek), who represents the 44th Legislative District, said that the competing House and Senate budgets include substantial increases in public education spending of about $1.3 billion.

Representative Harmsworth went on to say that the two sides are still far apart on how to come up with the additional funds and that a second special session was very likely.

Waggoner said that Everett School District schools would be closed on May 22nd as a result of the walkout, but he following activities will proceed as scheduled:

  • High school and middle school athletic practices and competitions.
  • Facility rentals.

Since teachers and students have to makeup the lost day, the Everett School District school year is extended one day.

The last day of school is now June 17th instead of June 16th.

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