Washington state educators vote to explore possible initiative | Washington Education Association

Delegates to the Washington Education Association’s annual convention have overwhelmingly approved a resolution that calls for WEA to “explore pursuing an initiative to the voters to lower class size and/or enhance educator compensation, with a preliminary report to the WEA Board of Directors in June 2013.”

More than 1,000 school employees from across the state voted on the measure at the WEA’s annual convention in Bellevue.

Washington’s public school students are packed into the fourth-most-overcrowded classrooms in the country. The Legislature has failed to fund voter-approved educator cost-of living adjustments for the last four years and has cut funding for teacher salaries in recent years.

“Class size is a civil rights issue for the children here in Washington,” said Patricia Benavidez, a Bethel teacher who voted for the measure.

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