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VCS's ninth annual "Taste of Decadence" fundraiser on April 9 has adopted "Alice in Wonderland" as its theme, and they're looking for volunteers and donors to help them make it a wonderful experience for everyone involved.Smokey Point fire displaces mobile home resident
The Puget Sound Blood Center once again teamed up with the Snohomish County Republican Party in Marysville, this time with Snohomish County Council member John Koster as well, to offer a spring blood drive in the Medallion Hotel on March 16, and Hannah Gustafson estimated that the six-hour event had attracted close to 40 donors by the time it was done.
"It's our first time in this location, but our third year of doing these donation drives," said Gustafson, of the membership committee of the Snohomish County Republican Party in Marysville, whose offices have served as a site for the Puget Sound Blood Center's collection vehicles during previous donation drives. "We wanted to attract folks from both Marysville and Arlington."Marysville Special Education PTSA connects parents to community resources
"Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every citizen," Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson said. "Investing in the preparedness of ourselves, our families, our businesses and our community can help reduce fatalities and economic devastation. This city and its partners — the Arlington Public Schools and the Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics — have been working for more than three years to create community-integrated emergency plans to help facilitate our response and recovery from a disaster like the one in Japan. I highly encourage our neighbors and citizens to do the same."ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS | Local students earn honors
First, the NEA began in 1857 as a professional association to provide a common voice among the states regarding public education. It was originally named the National Teachers Association (NTA). On the east coast, several states had the American Federation of Teachers which was organized specifically for collective bargaining and unionization of teachers. Teachers could voluntarily join NEA until 1998 when it joined the AFT for the sole purpose of moving the entire teaching profession toward unionization. Then, in 2006, the NEA joined the AFL-CIO and allowed/forced members to join state and local labor federations.
Additional national historical facts: 1969+/- 2009+/- Number of Public School Teachers 1,710,000 3,380,300 Average Teacher Base Pay $8,626 $51,254 Average U.S. Pay (all occupations) $6,887 $43,460 Number of NEA members ~770,000 ~3,200,00 Percent of Teachers with Master’s Degree or more 23.5% 56.8% High School Graduation Rate as % 77% 68.9% Average Student/Teacher Ratio 25.8:1 16:1 Average $’s Spent Per Student ~$4,200 ~$12,018 (In comparable $’s) Average Reading Score (17 yr old) 285/500 285/500 (National Standardized Test)