public-school teachers filled Seattle streets on Tuesday in a one-day walkout
that caused tempers to flare in Olympia, where Democratic senators walked out of
a hearing over a Republican-favored bill that would do what?
leaving, state Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, made a short statement condemning
the bill — which would dock teachers’ pay for the days while they are on strike
— as having what 3 flaws?
many argue that the law on teacher strikes is ambiguous, Sen. Michael
Baumgartner, R-Spokane and chair of the committee, said he believes they are
teachers call for the Legislature to do?
also want lawmakers to fulfill the requirements of the state Supreme Court’s
McCleary decision.What does that
rally, some teachers also mocked lawmakers for receiving a ____ percent raise
over the next two years while proposing much smaller pay increases for teachers.
Three City Council members — Kshama Sawant, Tim Burgess and John Okamoto —
joined the march, too.
Washington Education Association (WEA), the state’s largest teachers union, says
McKenna’s opinion is not ________, and that the statute he cites doesn’t apply
to teachers, who are protected under a different set of laws.
Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:
Before leaving, state Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, made a short
statement condemning the bill — which would dock teachers’ pay for the days
while they are on strike — as having “countless legal, moral and logistical
offers no solutions to our historic funding challenges and it is clearly only
useful as a messaging tool,” said Hasegawa, ranking Democrat on the committee.
“The message is that there is more will to attack teachers and their families
than come up with real solutions to our funding challenges.”
·Do you agree or disagree with Hasegawa’s message?Why or why not?
Marina Pita, a teacher at Concord International School in Seattle, said
there’s not enough money in her school’s budget to provide adequate classroom
supplies, so teachers reach into their own pockets.
“We’re out there buying pencils,” she said.
Pita said lawmakers should take note of the nearly 60 districts across
the state that have held or are planning one-day walkouts.
don’t come out here, everybody thinks things are OK,” she said. “Then the public
thinks there is no problem.”
·Do you agree with Pita’s statement?Why or why not?Does the
public think there’s no problem if teachers don’t take a stand?
The bill discussed Tuesday in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
would withhold pay and benefits for teachers on the days that they strike. One
main sponsor is state Sen. Tim Sheldon, a Democrat from Potlatch who caucuses
But the Washington Education Association (WEA), the state’s largest
teachers union, says McKenna’s opinion is not law, and that the statute he cites
doesn’t apply to teachers, who are protected under a different set of laws.
Without a law prohibiting or allowing strikes, they remain lawful, said
WEA spokesman Rich Wood.
·Do you feel teacher walkouts are legal?Why or why not?
·Do you support your teachers taking a stand?Why or why not?
·If you were a teacher, would you walkout to get the funding your students
and school deserve?Why or why not?
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How the United States government interacts with the world affects people across
the globe.Analyze and evaluate the
causes and effects of US foreign policy on people in the United States and
across the world.
The Seattle Times e-edition, find an article from this week that deals with
world politics or foreign policy.
the main points of view from someone living in that particular country?How is that “view” similar and different than your own opinion, regarding
the specific issue the article is discussing?
·Why is it important to study and learn
about foreign policy?How does it
help you understand the world we live in, using current issues and events?
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