Mount Vernon, WA – According to a news release from the Mount Vernon Education Association (MVEA), hundreds of Mount Vernon teachers and supporters will rally on August 23 to highlight the need for significant pay raises.
Mount Vernon educators will gather from 8:40AM to 4PM (on August 23rd) at the Mount Vernon School District Office, 124 E. Lawrence, Mount Vernon. The largest group plans to meet around 10:00AM.
Mount Vernon Education Association is in contract negotiations with district administrators over pay raises. Because of the McCleary Supreme Court case, school districts across the state have $2 billion in additional state funding specifically for educator salaries. Teachers in more than 30 Washington districts have negotiated double-digit percentage pay raises. Also per the news release, teachers in Sedro-Woolley, for example, just negotiated a 17.7 percent pay raise.
Cheryl Thramer, MVEA president, had this to say of the situation:
We need competitive pay to continue attracting and keeping caring, qualified teachers for Mount Vernon students. There’s no excuse for not investing in quality educators. We appreciate our community’s support, and we encourage Mount Vernon families to join us Thursday.
Please consider joining Mount Vernon educators tomorrow, any time from 8:40AM to 4:00PM!