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11/3 DISD Board Briefing 11/15 DCS Board Meeting 11/17 DISD Board Meeting NEA-DALLAS CLOSED 10/21-25/16
11/3 DISD Board Briefing 11/15 DCS Board Meeting 11/17 DISD Board Meeting NEA-DALLAS CLOSED 10/21-25/16
11/3
DISD Board Briefing
11/15
DCS Board Meeting
11/17
DISD Board Meeting
NEA-DALLAS CLOSED
10/21-25/16
Thanksgiving Break
12/1
DISD Board Briefing
12/3
Winter Toy Drive Celebration
12/15
DISD Board Meeting
NEA-DALLAS CLOSED
12/23-1/6
Winter Break
“SMALL ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU, B I G E N O U G H T

“SMALL ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU, BIG ENOUGH TO SERVE YOU.

NEA-Dallas Board of Directors

President Vice President VP of Teacher Affairs VP of DISD ESPs Secretary Treasurer

Angela Davis Mary D. Smith Delna Bryan Sheila Walker Vivian Bryant Peggy Rodgers-Pickron

NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2016

Lobby Day March 13, 2017

NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2016 Lobby Day March 13, 2017 NEA-Dallas is heading to the state capital to

NEA-Dallas is heading to the state capital to let our legislators know that we have specific concerns that are important to us this session. For All Dallas ISD and Dallas County Schools employees, this is your chance to learn more about issues that will be affecting you for the next 2 years: You will also have the opportunity to meet with your legislators as a voting constituent to discuss important issues such school finance, payroll deduction and school transportation.

This is your opportunity to HELP make a difference in public education.

Reserve your seat by filling out a commitment form and attach a $25.00 check or money order and return it to NEA-Dallas

Winter Toy Drive Celebration

Saturday, December 3, 2016 2:00 pm 5:00 pm

Celebration Saturday, December 3, 2016 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm NEA-Dallas Office 6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite

NEA-Dallas Office 6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520 Dallas, TX 75206

Your ticket to this event will be one new, unwrapped children’s toy per person!

IN THIS ISSUE

Lobby Day is March 13, 2017

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Winter Toy Drive Celebration

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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Page 2 NEA-Dallas Board of Directors Election Page 2 Lincoln students among first to early vote in Presidential Election

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Districts of Innovation

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

See some important dates and times for upcoming events for the current month. Page 4

and times for upcoming events for the current month. Page 4 NEA Auto & Home Insurance

NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program

Brandon Watson (512) 520-7248 bwatson@calcas.com

NEA-Dallas

www.TSTA.org

6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520 Dallas, Texas 75206

www.NEA.org

Monday Friday 8:30 am 5:00 pm

[Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays] TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA

& all DISD holidays] TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA Malinda McKee TSTA Staff (214) 923-2768 – cell

Malinda McKee TSTA Staff (214) 923-2768 cell malindam@tsta.org

McKee TSTA Staff (214) 923-2768 – cell malindam@tsta.org Raya Staley Office Manager (214) 821-2061

Raya Staley Office Manager (214) 821-2061 officemanager@logixonline.com

Office Manager (214) 821-2061 officemanager@logixonline.com NEA-Dallas neadallas1 1. Dallas ISD policy can be searched
Office Manager (214) 821-2061 officemanager@logixonline.com NEA-Dallas neadallas1 1. Dallas ISD policy can be searched

NEA-Dallas

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1. Dallas ISD policy can be searched online.

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Click on the tab “Board of Trustees.”

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Click the link “Board Policy & Procedures.”

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Scroll down to find & click the following link:

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Search by policy name, keyword, or by advanced search.

2. There is an app to keep up with Dallas ISD news!

Get access to news, cafeteria menus, school bus routes, and messages from schools using your Apple or Android smart phones app from School Way. The FREE APP offers information in English and Spanish. Parents also can access their students’

information and grades on the Parent Portal through the app.

students’ information and grades on the Parent Portal through the app. TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA www.TSTA.org
students’ information and grades on the Parent Portal through the app. TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA www.TSTA.org

TSTA Help Center

1-877-ASK-TSTA

students’ information and grades on the Parent Portal through the app. TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA www.TSTA.org
A Message from the President By Angela Davis During this month of Thanksgiving I have

A Message from the President

By Angela Davis

During this month of Thanksgiving I have been reflecting on the things I am most grateful for. Primarily among them is our talented group of members. Thank you for the work you do to make our organization great. It is especially fitting to thank members of NEA- Dallas for their tremendous commitment to our shared mission of

for their tremendous commitment to our shared mission of ensuring that we have Great Public Schools

ensuring that we have Great Public Schools for every child in Dallas and that quality public schools are the foundation of Dallas’ future. Without your commitment, creativity, and high standards, we would not be the thriving organization we are. For the second year, I had the opportunity to participate in the Principal for a Day project. Principal for a Day is a project of the Dallas Independent School District that brings community leaders into schools across the district. The program is designed to:

increase awareness and understanding among individuals in the private sector of the strengths and challenges of schools in Dallas ISD

demonstrate the private sector's commitment to ensuring a quality public education for all students, and

form ongoing partnerships between individuals/businesses and Dallas ISD.

This year, I was the principal at John Neely Bryan Elementary under the leadership of Ms. Tonya Anderson. On the day of my visit, I spent time with the principal, faculty, and students sharing ideas and learning about the school's day-to-day operations. My day consisted of doing the morning announcements, attending fifth grade PLCs, observing classrooms, lunch duty and reading to Kindergarteners. This month we will celebrate American Education Week, November 14th 18th. American Education week presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving week with your loved ones.

NEA ESP Conference is coming to Dallas!

The 2017 NEA Education Support Professionals Conference will be March 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. It's the premier professional development opportunity for education support professionals across the nation. The goal of this conference is to enhance the skills and knowledge of ESP members to positively impact student achievement, build community relations, organize members, advocate for educators, build stronger locals, and help our members do their jobs better. The conference offers more than 50 different hands-on workshops over the course of four days. Pre-conference workshop opportunities are offered in topics ranging from social justice, membership recruitment techniques and leadership development to communication skills training, membership empowerment, and creating strategic alliances with other labor organizations. Special pre-conference workshops specifically targeted for emerging and advanced Association leaders are also offered.

NEA-Dallas Board Candidates Presidential Candidates

NEA-Dallas Board Candidates Presidential Candidates Delna Bryan David Griffin John Luster Executive Vice
NEA-Dallas Board Candidates Presidential Candidates Delna Bryan David Griffin John Luster Executive Vice
NEA-Dallas Board Candidates Presidential Candidates Delna Bryan David Griffin John Luster Executive Vice

Delna Bryan

David Griffin

John Luster

Executive Vice President Candidates

Griffin John Luster Executive Vice President Candidates Sheila Walker Mary Denise Smith Vice President for DCS

Sheila Walker

Luster Executive Vice President Candidates Sheila Walker Mary Denise Smith Vice President for DCS ESP Affairs

Mary Denise Smith

Vice President for DCS ESP Affairs

Walker Mary Denise Smith Vice President for DCS ESP Affairs Lonnie Richardson Dale Kaiser Cassandra Fletcher
Walker Mary Denise Smith Vice President for DCS ESP Affairs Lonnie Richardson Dale Kaiser Cassandra Fletcher
Walker Mary Denise Smith Vice President for DCS ESP Affairs Lonnie Richardson Dale Kaiser Cassandra Fletcher

Lonnie Richardson

Dale Kaiser

Cassandra Fletcher

Elected by Acclamation

Dale Kaiser Cassandra Fletcher Elected by Acclamation Vivian Bryant Peggy Rodgers-Pickron Secretary
Dale Kaiser Cassandra Fletcher Elected by Acclamation Vivian Bryant Peggy Rodgers-Pickron Secretary

Vivian Bryant

Peggy Rodgers-Pickron

Secretary

Treasurer

Bryant Peggy Rodgers-Pickron Secretary Treasurer Carmen Behrend VP of DISD ESP Affairs Hope Lee VP of

Carmen Behrend VP of DISD ESP Affairs

Secretary Treasurer Carmen Behrend VP of DISD ESP Affairs Hope Lee VP of Teachers Affairs You

Hope Lee VP of Teachers Affairs

You should receive your ballot by this week at your home address. They must be postmarked by 4:00 pm on December 2, 2016.

Districts of Innovation Where the Law May Not Apply

A district must have at least an “acceptable” rating in order to pursue

innovation district designation. (About 95 percent of Texas districts are rated acceptable or higher.) The process can begin with either a petition signed by

a majority of the district-level committee or a resolution adopted by the

board of trustees. After a school board votes to begin the innovation district process, it must hold a public hearing to consider whether the district should pursue innovation status. If the school board chooses to move forward, a separate committee will be appointed by the board to develop a plan for the restructured district.

This committee must present a comprehensive educational program for the district, and must identify provisions of the Education Code that are deemed

to inhibit the district’s ability to implement the program. These are the

provisions from which the district will be exempt. The plan must be made available to the public for 30 days, after which the district-level committee must hold a public meeting and vote on the plan. A simple majority vote by the district-level committee is required; final approval by the school board requires a two-thirds majority vote. The plan is in effect

for up to five years. Districts of innovation can exempt themselves from some of the most

important provisions of the Education Code, including nearly all teacher rights and benefits.

In general, a district of innovation can exempt itself from any provision of the

Education Code that does not apply to charter schools. (Commissioner of

education rules include a handful of additional restrictions primarily intended

to clarify the law, such as specifying that districts cannot exempt themselves

from school finance provisions.) Among the laws from which a district cannot be exempt are some related to district governance, school finance, health and safety, curriculum and graduation requirements, bilingual and special education, accountability/testing, criminal history checks, participation in TRS, and provision of health insurance coverage. Among the many provisions innovation districts can exempt themselves

from:

State personal leave days

State minimum salary schedule

Teacher contract rights

Duty-free lunch and conference periods

Teacher certification requirements

Minimum attendance for class credit

Teacher appraisals

A teacher’s right to remove disruptive students

Class-size limits

Uniform school start date

Required minutes of instruction

Teacher authority over grading

Restrictions on class interruption

Parent and student rights, including transfer rights, and the right to parent notice of unsatisfactory grades The law does not address whether implementation of the changes and exemptions must be district-wide. The process and the “innovation” designation are district-based, not campus-based, but some districts may consider applying the changes only to certain campuses. At least one district has chosen to grant itself a broad exemption from all possible statutes, though a two-thirds majority vote by the school board would still be required for specific exemptions. Other districts have specified the laws from which they will be exempt in their educational plan.

This new option for school districts makes it crucial that local leaders pay close attention to what school boards are doing and get involved. Serving on the district-level committee or the committee that develops the educational plan is the best way to be at the table and represent the views of the districts’ teachers.

Lincoln, Carter Students Among First to Early Vote in Presidential Election

Early voting began on Oct. 24 and, already, some Dallas ISD students haven taken to the polls as a first-time voter. Students from Lincoln High School and Communications/Humanities Magnet received a standing ovation from poll workers as they cast their ballots at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.

First-time voters from Lincoln High School with Dallas ISD Trustee Bernadette Nutall, pose for a picture outside of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, one of the early voting locations.

In September and October, a number of women groups from the Lincoln community registered students who would be eligible to vote in time for the November election. Sheila Walker, community liaison at Lincoln, carried out an idea she has long hoped for. “I not only wanted to make sure they were registered, but I have always had a vision to take students to poll on the school bus,” said Walker. In all, nearly 30 students were bussed to the community center that sits in the heart of Dallas’ Fair Park. Dallas ISD Trustee Bernadette Nutall and Principal Johnna Weaver were among the few who accompanied Lincoln’s first-time voters, and cast their ballots too. At Carter High School, nearly 20 students in a social studies class closed out their school week by heading to an early polling site. This time, students walked across to their polling place to Friendship West Baptist Church. Fred Davis, principal at Carter knew other factors play into voting and did not want that to be a deterrent for his eligible students to vote. “We knew transportation would be an issue and that some students would not be able to go to a polling site, so we’re glad this is available to use this year where we can just walk across the street,” Davis sad. “It cuts out some of those issues of transportation, that gives people a reason not to vote.”

street,” Davis sad. “ It cuts out some of those issues of transportation, that gives people
street,” Davis sad. “ It cuts out some of those issues of transportation, that gives people