Posts Tagged ‘Blog update’

We’re Back! Blog Is Up and Running!

November 2, 2009

The post-strike time has been hectic for all of us teachers and education staff as we get back into the swing of things with a new school year. 

The strike affected everyone involved in many ways.  It was great to see KEA members united and working togehter for a common goal.   It was also wonderful to see our community come out in support of us.  While we were not able to get the perfect contract, we made significant progress in the areas of Time, Workload, and Compensation.  

The work is far from over, however.  KEA is continuing to face many challenges as we continue to work on behalf of our members.  The new contract language needs to be enforced, and we are already running into examples of Administration trying to ignore the language or conveniently interpret it as they see fit for their own purposes.  We must remain vigilant and hold them accountable when our contractual rights are being violated. 

Furthermore, we need to do a better job of working with our community to make sure they are fully aware of the conditions in Kent schools.   As education professionals working with kids face to face each day, we are in the best position to determine what we need to make our students successful.  We need to work with our colleagues, the administration, and the community to make our schools the best they can be.

Keep an eye on this blog in the near future as we document the successes and problems that KEA members deal with.

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Blog Update: 3 May 2009

May 3, 2009

Greetings to all of you who have been gracious enough to visit our new blog!  So far, we’ve posted a plethora of articles on a variety of topics. 

Where have these articles come from, you may ask?  Well, the postings come from a variety of sources.  Some have been written by KEA elected officials such as KEA President Lisa Brackin-Johnson, KEA Vice President Connie Compton, and members of the KEA Executive Board.  Any postings by KEA officers will be signed, as a matter of policy, and as a show of solidarity with the members who elect us.  Others are documents created through the work of the Bargaining Support Team, which is made up of KEA members who volunteer their time to help gather information and distribute it to members, as well as to organize KEA activities.  (We encourage any interested KEA members to come be a part of BST meetings, which are held on Mondays from 4-6 PM at the KEA office.)  However, perhaps the most important postings you will find on this blog come from our members who have taken the time to write letters to express how they feel they are being treated, and how their jobs are impacted by the Kent School District’s actions.  Some of these letters are signed, while others are unsigned because the letter writers fear retaliation from KSD administrators for speaking their mind. 

As you scan the posts on this blog, we ask that you remember that the KEA is not made up of a monolithic group of automatons, but by a variety of education professionals with varying personalities, experiences, and viewpoints.  If what you see moves you, we encourage you to post a comment by clicking the “Comment” link at the end of an article.  (Don’t forget to read the Comment Posting Rules before you comment.)

Thanks to all who visit this blog and demonstrate their support of a quality education for all students in the Kent School District.

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Larsen, KEA Blog Administrator