What's Up Wednesday?

You Have a Right to Union Representation

Lately, we have had several issues with students and parents making complaints against our members. Thankfully, the complaints have been unfounded. Sometimes people have a perception that they will only need representation if they do something wrong. Unfortunately, this is a misperception. Most of the members that we represent are completely exonerated based on the evidence that is presented. That is because the member has done nothing wrong, or the allegations are unfounded.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need representation, you have the right to request who you would like to represent you. The principal and/or district administration does not have the right to pick your representative for you. We have had this happen a few times lately. It's important to keep in mind that the person whom you prefer may not be available. In that case, the meeting may still happen. But feel free to ask that the meeting be postponed until your preferred representative is available.

Student Removal

We have been addressing concerns regarding the removal of disruptive students from classrooms. Information has been given to teachers that students can no longer be removed from classrooms because it's considered an "emergency removal." The state law has changed regarding emergency removal of students. However, simply sending a student to the ISS room for a class period, or having a student removed from an elementary classroom, is NOT considered an emergency removal. It is a "classroom exclusion" which is still permitted under the state law and is still aligned with our KEA Contract. If you have concerns regarding this issue, please contact Christie Padilla. 
KEA Teachers Rock!
Member Engagement Events

Join your KEA Family for a night of hockey! Tickets are only $10 each. The first 5,000 fans will get a  FREE  player magnet! 

Seattle Thunderbirds v. 
Tri-City Americans: 
Tuesday, October 16 @ 7:05 pm

Deadline to register and get in payment is October 9 by noon.  

Join your KEA Family for
Wine & Paint Night! 

We provide everything you need to paint and take home your masterpiece. We will also provide wine coolers, beer, appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. This always makes for a fun time and is a great way to meet other teachers in the district! 

Cost is only $25 per person

Cookies with Christie

KEA welcomes all newly hired teachers of the Kent School District to join us for cookies and conversation. 
Do you have questions?
We've got answers!

Do you have concerns?
We are here to help!

Thursday, October 25
drop by between 4-6 pm

Kent Education Association
10427 SE 244th St
Kent 98030

Please let us know if you plan to drop by!   

Unlocking Your Member Benefits: 
Student Loan Forgiveness Workshop

The latest NEA Member Benefit research shows that recent graduates are leaving schools with greater and greater debt. This presentation will cover the basics of how a school employee qualifies for federal student loan forgiveness programs. 

We will cover Teacher Loan Forgiveness, Teacher Loan Cancellation and Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
Presented by: Teresa Muench, NEA Member Benefits
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Kent Education Association
10427 SE 244th St
Kent, WA 98030

This workshop is FREE for KEA members and limited to only 50 participants. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Upcoming Events
October 16
KEA Teachers Rock!
Seattle Thunderbirds Game

October 17
Rep Council Meeting

October 18
Student Loan Forgiveness

October 25
Cookies with Christie

October 31
Executive Board Meeting

KEA Classifieds
Nothing listed this week. 

If you are interested in posting a listing here for FREE, please contact Regina Redmond. 

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