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3/1/17 DCS Special Called Board Meeting @ 1 pm Brandon Watson – (512) 520-7248
bwatson@calcas.com
3/2/17 DISD Dr Seuss Day Celebration “SMALL ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU, NEA-Dallas Board of Directors
3/9/17 DISD Board Briefing-11:30 a.m. NEA-Dallas www.TSTA.org
BIG ENOUGH TO SERVE YOU.” President Angela Davis
6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520 www.NEA.org
Vice President Mary D. Smith
3/12/17 Daylight Savings Time Begins Dallas, Texas 75206
VP of Teacher Affairs Delna Bryan
Spring forward!
www.NEADALLAS.com VP of DISD ESPs Sheila Walker
3/13/17 Lobby Day Monday – Friday Secretary Vivian Bryant
3/13-17/17 SPRING BREAK 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Treasurer Peggy Rodgers-Pickron
NEWSLETTER MARCH 2017
DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED [Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays]
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA

3/23/17 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm Legislative Bills that will affect IN THIS ISSUE
Dallas County Schools
3/28-30/17 STAAR Testing A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Sen. Huffines filled Senate Bill 1122 which Page 2
Trustees approve Dallas ISD’s 2017-2018 calendar creates an orderly and thoughtful wind-
down of Dallas County Schools, followed
District 2, District 6 trustee seats contested
BY GENE DAVIS ON FEBRUARY 24, 2017 by complete abolition by September 2018. in May 6 election
The 2017-2018 student calendar Malinda McKee Raya Staley Page 2
approved by trustees Thursday features TSTA Staff Office Manager Rep. Cindy Burkett’s House Bill 2329 would take away
(214) 923-2768 – cell (214) 821-2061 Lobby Day - March 13, 2017
summer professional development for DCS’ ability to tax people in Dallas County and allow school
teachers in August with the first day of classes set for Monday, malindam@tsta.org officemanager@logixonline.com Page 2
districts to decide if they want to use the embattled
Aug. 28. Each school day will have an additional 10 minutes contractor’s services. Dallas County Schools Elected Two Trustees
during breakfast in the classroom. With the expanded day, the
district will reach the state-mandated total minutes of at A Special Called Board Meeting
If DCS’ clientele drops to less than 75 percent, the
instruction by June 1, the last day of classes. NEA-Dallas neadallas1 Page 2
Other features:
agency would be dissolved.
 171 days of instruction for students starting Monday, Aug.
District to expand successful ACE program
28 TSTA Help Center Save the Date next school year
 10 teacher professional development/planning days, five 1-877-ASK-TSTA May 6, 2017 Page 3
preparation/work days and one day’s credit for teachers www.TSTA.org End of the Year Retirement Celebration
who attend both parent conference nights Counseling teams at 12 schools receive
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 Two fair days for all students; elementary Fair Day, Friday, Location TBD 2016 Lone Star State Award
Oct. 13, and secondary Fair Day, Friday, Oct. 20;
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Elementary Fair Day would be a professional development
AT&T gives discounts to organizations like corporations, government let us know how many years you have been in-service. 2017-2018 calendar based on slightly longer
day for secondary teachers, and Secondary Fair Day would
agencies, military branches, unions, associations, and colleges/universities,
be a professional development day for elementary who then pass them along to their employees, members, or students. school day
teachers
Cost:
When you enroll in the AT&T Signature Discount program, through your $5.00 for members Page 4
 One week for Thanksgiving break, November 20 through organization-and have a qualified wireless service agreement- you'll save on
24 $20.00 for 1 non-member additional guest CALENDAR OF EVENTS
your monthly service charge for qualifying plans.
 11 days for winter break, December 22 through Jan. 5, $20.00 at the door for all non-registered members or guest
See some important dates and times for upcoming events for
with a teacher preparation day, Monday, January 8, 2018 the current month.
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 Inclement weather make-up days, March 30 and June 4,  15% off qualified wireless plans & services
2018  20% off eligible wireless accessories NEAMB Signature Discount
 Staff/student holidays, Sept. 4, 2017, Jan. 15, 2018, and For more information and details go to the website listed below: Page 4
May 28, 2018 Union Member discounts available at www.att.com/wireless/NEAMB
A Message from the President District 2, District 6 trustee seats contested in May 6 District identifies high-performing principals to lead Counseling teams at 12 schools receive 2016 Lone Star
By Angela Davis election new ACE schools State Award
BY THE HUB ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017 BY GENE DAVIS ON FEBRUARY 27, 2017 BY THE HUB ON FEBRUARY 8, 2017
It is difficult to believe we are already Dallas ISD has identified the high-performing principals The Lone Star State School Counseling Association (LSSSCA)
approaching the spring season and middle of Voters in Dallas ISD trustee districts 2 and 6 will have the chance to cast who will lead the district’s six new ACE schools next recently recognized 12 Dallas ISD schools for receiving the 2016
the 2nd semester of the 2016-2017 school ballots for their representatives on the Board of Trustees in the May 6 school year. The district launched the ACE program, Lone Star State Award.
year. As we all look forward to those days off election. which stands for Accelerating Campus Excellence, last On Tuesday, Jan. 24, LSSSCA recognized 37 schools around the
at spring break, we would like to update you on some things that school year at seven historically low-performing schools.
District 8 Trustee Miguel Solis is running to return to the board unopposed. state of Texas for implementing outstanding school counseling
have occurred. The program helps boost student achievement by
Solis was elected in November 2013 to complete the unexpired term of programs. Counselors in the selected schools exhibited
Adam Medrano, who was elected to the Dallas City Council. Solis was re- staffing the highest-need schools with high-performing excellence in advocacy, leadership, collaboration, and systemic
The House Public Education Committee met for the first time and elected to serve a three-year term in May 2014. principals and teachers. After just one year, six of those change as supported by the American School Counselor
announced plans to focus on the most serious education issues. schools met state standards this year, and all seven Association (ASCA) National Model. The Lone Star Award is
The committee will focus on school finance at their next two District 2 campuses have shown significant improvement in designed to prepare Texas school counselors for the Recognized
meetings, followed by a hearing on issues related to the student achievement. The district is looking to build on ASCA Model Program (RAMP) award.
accountability system, which includes testing and the A-F grading Incumbent Dustin Marshall faces challengers Richard D. Young and Lori that success by bringing the additional six schools into
system. It is encouraging to see the committee focus on issues that Kirkpatrick. Marshall was elected to the board in June 2016 to complete the the ACE program next school year. LSSSCA recognized the following Dallas ISD counselor teams:
are of the most importance to public education. unexpired term of Mike Morath, who was appointed to be Texas Education The new 2017–2018 ACE campuses, and their new
Commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott. Marshall is the CEO of Hazel’s Hot principals, are: THE BRONZE AWARD (Eligible to Apply for the 2017 Silver
Shot.
 Thomas J. Rusk Middle School: Principal Juan Cordoba Award)
HB 510, House version of payroll deduction bill, assigned to State Young is a classroom teacher. Kirkpatrick is a physician assistant.  Ann Richards Middle School
Affairs Committee  C.F. Carr Elementary School: Principal Carlotta Hooks
 Billy E. Dade Middle School
HB510 is the same as SB13, the bill that would allow police, fire, District 6  J.N. Ervin Elementary School: Principal James Wallace  Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy
and emergency responders to keep their payroll dues deductions Incumbent Joyce Foreman faces challenger Phelesha Hamilton. Foreman
 Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School: Principal  Emmett J. Conrad High School
while cutting out teachers, prison guards, social workers, and Oscar Aponte  Hulcy STEAM Middle School
was elected to the board in May 2014, and is a retired business owner.
other public employees.
Hamilton is an author.  Edward Titche Elementary School: Principal Damien  Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
Stovall  Moises E. Molina High School
HB510 was referred to the House State Affairs Committee this Citizens who are not registered to vote have until Friday, April 6, to register  J.W. Ray Elementary School: Principal Sheryl Wilson  Nancy Moseley Elementary School
week. Last session, the payroll deduction bill died in this House to be eligible to vote in the May 6 election. Additionally, the district is using this opportunity to  Thomas Tolbert Elementary School
committee late in the session. NEA-Dallas/TSTA and other public combine George W. Carver Elementary School into C.F.  H. Gaston Middle School
NEA-Dallas is endorsing Miguel Solis, Lori Kirkpatrick, & Joyce
employee unions and professional organizations are working on Carr Elementary School. The move will provide students  Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs
Foreman.
committee members to kill this bill, but they need to hear from and staff with more resources in a new learning Middle School
you, from today until the end of the session. Please join us for environment.
NEA-Dallas Candidate Forum Photos “We have seen a remarkable turnaround at the ACE THE BRONZE-READY AWARD (Eligible to Apply for the 2017
Lobby Day, March 13, 2017!
schools in a short amount of time, so we are thrilled to Bronze Award)
add these six schools to the program,” Dallas ISD Chief of  Seagoville High School
School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde said. “Dallas ISD is
committed to ensuring every student receives a high- Meanwhile, LSSSCA hosted their first annual conference Jan. 22-
Lobby Day quality education, and the ACE program provides extra 24, 2017.
March 13, 2017 resources and highly effective teaching for schools that Nearly 700 school counselors and administrators from across
need it the most.” The ACE program incentivizes top the state of Texas were in attendance. Dallas ISD showed up big
NEA-Dallas is heading to the state capital to let our legislatures teachers and principals to voluntarily work at the and represented the district. Several Dallas ISD school
know that we have specific concerns that are important to us district’s highest-need schools. The program combines counselors, campus administrators, and central staff personnel
this session. For all Dallas ISD and Dallas County Schools effective instruction, additional class time and social and presented professional growth sessions.
employees, this is your chance to learn more about issues that academic skill-building implemented in a culture of high
expectations. The Sunset High School Pep Band helped conference-goers end
will be affecting you for the next 2 years. You will also have the
The district is actively recruiting high-performing staff on a “high note” by performing at the closing awards ceremony.
opportunity to meet with your legislators as a voting constituent
members interested in teaching at an ACE school next
to discuss important issues such as school finance, payroll school year. Interested staff members can learn more
deduction, and school transportation. We would like to congratulate our NEA-Dallas
about the stipend schedule and ACE program
members for receiving The Bronze Award and The
at www.dallasisd.org/ace. The district will send
This is your opportunity to HELP make a difference in public Dallas County Schools Elected Two Trustees at A invitations to high-performing teachers to attend a Bronze-Ready Award
education Special Called Board Meeting March 7 teacher reception from 5–7 p.m. at Billy Earl  Nitzy Orozco-Mosquera
Dade Middle School, 2727 Al Lipscomb Way.  Brenda McCoy
Commissioner's Precinct 1 and Declare Diego Ayala
Elected as Unopposed
ACE excitement  Sonya Gilb
Given the successes they have personally seen, teachers  Loree Jones-Huggins
Commissioner's Precinct 4 and Declare Renato "Ray" De and staff at the existing seven ACE schools said they are
 Kiesha Easterling
Los Santos Elected as Unopposed excited about the program’s expansion.