For 2017-18 the WEA has negotiated with two new medical providers, Aetna and United Healthcare in place of Premera. VEA members will have a choice between Kaiser, Aetna, and United HC. Please take time to decipher the new plans and their participating physicians at WEAselect.com or contact the call centers (M-F) for Aetna 1-855-878-4101 and United HC 1-844-219-3630. Open enrollment begins August 21st. If you need assistance navigating through the process, WEASelect Benefits Center is there to help you at 1-855-668-5039
VEA National Board Candidate Support Cohort Program
VEA provides facilitated support for candidates going through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process. Candidate support is optional for teachers completing their National Boards; however, teacher candidates who are part of a support program show a significantly higher passing rate.
As part of a cohort, candidates receive support, instruction, and feedback from their trained facilitators who are VEA colleagues. Examples include: “unpacking” the National Board component prompts, finding evidence of National Board standards, and ensuring alignment. To participate in the cohort, please complete the survey monkey found under “news flash” AND the registration form found under the documents tab above. Clock hours will be available.
Details on the 2017-18 cohort: Click Here
Thank you to the VEA members who have attended informational meetings, posted on Facebook, and participated in a rally. Additional opportunities to voice your opinion as legislative direction is being decided in Olympia are listed below. Click Here for a comparison of the budget plans.
Email Legislators at http://leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/ContactUs.aspx
Call Legislators at 1-800-562-6000
VEA members Kari VanNostran, Rachel Jarnagin and Lynn Maiorca spent today in Olympia checking in with legislators to ensure that McCleary components are acted upon. The cadre discussed class size, compensation and local bargaining rights.
The legislators in the 49th district held an open forum on Saturday, January 7th that was attended by many community members including VEA President, Lynn Maiorca and VEA WEA-PAC Chair, Kari VanNostran. When asked about education funding, the legislators expressed a commitment to addressing McCleary in the legislative session that begins today, January 9th.
These videos are courtesy of www.right2bheard.org. You can also find this link and more information under the Member Info tab.
The agreements ratified by the membership for 2016-18 including the TRI information can be found in the attached link.
Doing your 2016 taxes? You can deduct most of your association dues from your income tax. Click here to see figures for 2016.
The Freedom Foundation (previously called the Evergreen Freedom Foundation), a known anti-union group, is trying to put a wedge between members. They have been contacting members to encourage them to drop their union membership. This is not a coincidence. They are funded by groups that are not for public education. And who is the largest advocate for public education? The Union!Read More
WEA has just launched a new website from the Special Education Support Center. The new website’s primary goal is to support efforts on behalf of students with disabilities. WEA will continuously update the site to provide the latest in special ed information for educators, parents, community members, and students. The website is designed to be highly interactive and will present current, valid, and reliable information to enhance service for students with disabilities.Read More