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State's Top Educator Faces Added Criticism

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Tri-Cities, WA -- The conflict over the WASL continues. This time, the state teacher's union is planning to make it's voice heard.

While students are in class Tuesday, union members will be in Olympia to protest the support the WASL is getting from the Superintendant of Public Instruction.  Union members are expected to deliver petitions at the office of Superintendant Terry Bergeson.  The signatures are in opposition to Bergeson's support of assessment testing as a graduation requirement.

Meanwhile, in the Tri-Cities, educators continue to criticize the way Bergeson has handled their concerns about the WASL.  Rick Jansons, the President of the Richland School Board, said Monday, "Most of the education community is frustrated with the OSPI leadership, or lack of leadership. We've been working with them for three or four years, and I think they just don't get it."

The President of the Washington Education Association's Southeast division agreed Monday with Jansons.  Mike Ragan said it is accurate to say the OSPI is stonewalling, even as criticism of the WASL and the way the OSPI is handling the debate, escalates.

When asked, by phone, to comment, Thomas Shapley with the OSPI declined to address Regan's comments, but did say Superintendant Bergeson is open to discussing concerns.

Bergeson will not be able to do that Tuesday when the petitions are delivered.  She will be in Lake Chelan at a meeting of the Washington Association of School Administrators.