Kent Education Association

The mission of the KEA is to promote, advance and protect the rights and interests of our members and the education profession. The outcome of our advocacy is quality education for all students.

In the Loop

  • Tentative Agreement Ratified! School Starts on Time

    Kent Education Association has ratified a two-year contract that maintains comparable salaries to other South King County districts.

    On Wednesday, August 29, over 1,100 KEA members met in the Kent-Meridian High School gym just 12 hours before the school year was set to begin. After significant debate, the members ratified a two-year agreement to increase salaries overall by 14.95% (10% in the first year and then the 4.5% in the second year yields the extra 0.45%)! Some members stated what has been heard in other districts that these salaries will be “life-changing” and that it feels like a professional wage for the first time. Other members were disappointed that Kent will not be able to keep up with other districts that have been better managed over the last few years. Still others were upset that negotiations were not concluded earlier which reflects the tension in the community over district leadership. The vote to ratify reflected those varied feelings and opinions and passed with 69% approval.

    Immediately following the announcement of ratification, a motion passed without any noticeable opposition to request Board Directors Straus and DeBruler to step down immediately rather than waiting for the November 2019 election.