"The idea of arming teachers is ill-conceived, preposterous, and dangerous. This new national survey of educators confirms that. Arming teachers and other school personnel does nothing to prevent gun violence."
Lily Eskelsen,
NEA President

LWEA Update: News you can use!

  • NEA Members Reject Proposals to Arm Teachers

    Educators overwhelmingly reject proposals to arm teachers and other school personnel, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Education Association. NEA members support a range of commonsense solutions to address the issue of school shootings in the United States, but arming teachers is not one of them. NEA surveyed 1000 members nationwide from March 1 – 5, 2018. (See page 2 for survey highlights.)
    The new NEA national member survey comes on the heels of a proposal by the Trump administration to arm teachers. Trump has appointed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to lead a Federal Commission on School Safety to study the issue.
    NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued a statement saying that, "The idea of arming teachers is ill-conceived, preposterous, and dangerous. This new national survey of educators confirms that. Arming teachers and other school personnel does nothing to prevent gun violence. In fact, quite the contrary, educators would feel less safe if school personnel were armed.
    "Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms. Teachers should be teaching, not acting as armed security guards, or receiving training to become sharpshooters.
    "Those who are proposing such measures are only aiming to create a distraction from the real issue. They need to listen to gun violence survivors, students, educators, and parents. They are demanding common-sense gun laws. They are demanding a plan that will keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.
    "The White House and Congress owe it to those victims of gun violence and survivors across the country to work together to implement common sense solutions that really will save lives. We need to listen to them."
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  • Welcome to LWEA

    On behalf of the members of the Lake Washington Education Association, I would like to welcome you.

    LWEA is an organization of education professionals in the Lake Washington School District. There are about 1,900 of us - classroom teachers, psychologists, resource teachers, counselors, occupational and physical therapists, library media specialists, specialists, and more.

    We protect the rights of our members, advocate on their behalf, assist them in resolving conflicts, answer their questions, offer suggestions, and listen to their concerns. It is our responsibility to negotiate with the school district on behalf of our members over wages, hours, and working conditions.

    We publish a weekly newsletter, the Update, in which we share news of the Association, member benefits and discounts, information about upcoming professional development, available educational resources, and information on current educational issues. In addition, we hold monthly meetings with our elected building representatives to conduct Association business and to ensure communication with our members.

    I would like to extend to an invitation to you to become a member of the Lake Washington Education Association. You will find a membership enrollment form in your packet. All you need to do is to complete the form and return it to our office (district mail works really well). It is not necessary to send any money with the form, as your dues will be automatically deducted from your monthly paycheck. I encourage you to fill out your membership form right away.

    We have a variety of materials in this packet and on our website which will describe how your local association works and how you can become an active participant. In addition, we have information regarding various aspects of your employment—salary schedules, calendars, leaves, student discipline, an explanation of the days in your working calendar, and our LWEA sponsored professional development.

    Once again, welcome to our community of educators. We look forward to working with you to make our schools the best they can be and to make your teaching experience in the Lake Washington School District a successful and positive one. Please feel free to call on me, your Executive Committee members, and the staff of LWEA if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.
    Have a great year!

    Kevin Teeley
    LWEA President
  • Resources for Educators Supporting Dreamers

    On September 5, President Donald Trump revoked Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that is vital to well-being of nearly 800,000 young people who arrived in the United States as children.

    As we strive to support the needs of our students, check out the resources available through the National Education Association.
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