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April 28, 2008 8:55 AM

Teacher's union backs challenger for top school job

Posted by David Postman

The Washington Education Association has endorsed Rich Semler for Superintendent of Public Instruction. That’s a powerful group lined up against the re-election of Superintendent Terry Bergeson. Bergeson is running for a fourth term for the non-partisan position.

Bergeson was once president of the WEA, the state’s largest education union. But the union has grown unhappy with her, particularly over standardized testing.

Semler is superintendent of the Richland School District. In a statement released this morning, he said:

This endorsement represents the teachers who are on the frontlines educating our children. Together we will work to refocus Washington education from testing to a more balanced curriculum that embraces high standards yet respects individual student needs and desires.

Bergeson has raised $60,000 so far, according to records filed with the Public Disclosure Commission. Semler has raised almost $43,000.

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