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New statewide teachers union president is from Everett

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on April 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm with No Comments »
April 29, 2013 4:25 pm

Everett teacher Kim Mead was elected president of the 82,000-member Washington Education Association, which represents K-12 teachers, education support professionals and higher education faculty members.

Bellevue teacher Stephen Miller was elected vice president.

WEA delegates voted over the weekend at the association’s Representative Assembly, held in Bellevue.

Mead and Miller will take office in July and will serve two-year terms. Current WEA President Mary Lindquist and Vice President Mike Ragan are wrapping up their third two-year terms, the most allowed under WEA rules.

In a news release, Mead said, “I am humbled to be the next elected leader of the Washington Education Association. Our strength is our ability to come together with diverse views, and through our democratic process, stand up for the best interests of public education and our members.

“The work in front of us is great, but the rewards for our members and our students are worth the hard work. I am excited for the future of public education, driven by those who are the experts, the educators who are the WEA.”

Also in the news release, Miller urged the citizens of Washington state to join WEA in “telling the state Senate to respect the (Supreme) court’s McCleary decision and fully fund our public schools and reduce class sizes for all students in Washington.”

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