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CALENDAR “SMALL ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU, BIG ENOUGH TO SERVE YOU.” NEA-Dallas Board of Directors President
“SMALL ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU, BIG ENOUGH TO SERVE YOU.” NEA-Dallas Board of Directors President

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

“SMALL ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU, BIG ENOUGH TO SERVE YOU.” NEA-Dallas Board of Directors President Vice

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

MAY 2017

Vivian Bryant Peggy Rodgers-Pickron NEWSLETTER MAY 2017 Senate Education Committee Report – Dallas TSTA leaders

Senate Education Committee Report Dallas TSTA leaders testify against SB1122.

On April 11, 2017, the Senate Education Committee to discuss Senate Bill 1122. This bill was by Sen. Huffines. It would eliminate Dallas County Schools, which provides student transportation to ISDs within Dallas County as well as providing crossing guards to ISDs in and outside of Dallas County.

Angela Davis, NEA-Dallas President & NEA Director, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Davis argued that eliminating DCS would adversely affect the approximately 2,500 bus drivers, monitors, crossing guards, and their families. She encouraged the committee members to think of the lives being affected by this bill and to vote “no”.

Dale Kaiser, TSTA Board Member & NEA Administrator At-Large, testified in opposition to the bill, pointing out that if the bill passes, ISDs who rely on Dallas County Schools’ services will incur great costs. Those ISDs will have to buy school buses and hire their own drivers, monitors, and crossing guards. In addition, Mr. Kaiser noted that the increased costs to ISDs will result in cuts to other programs, including academics.

On April 20, 2017, the Senate Education Committee voted to send SB1122 by Huffines, the bill to kill DCS, to the full Senate for vote. It passed Committee on a vote of 9 for 1 against 1 not present. The lone vote against was Sen. Uresti. Thank you Sen. Uresti! Sen. West, who represents all South Dallas County, was not present.

This bill will put over 2,800 frontline bus drivers, monitors, crossing guards, and their support staff out of a job. Plus, it will cost school districts like Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Desoto, Richardson, Irving, and Carrollton-Farmers Branch hundreds of thousands of additional dollars to either transport their student themselves or go with a third-party vendor. Dollars that will come from existing programs or from higher taxes on their property owners.

We are asking you to contact your Senator and ask them to vote NO on SB1122.

IN THIS ISSUE

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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Lincoln High School community liaison wins award for going above and beyond

 

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Join NEA’s 2017 #ThankATeacher

Campaign!

 

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Senate Education Committee Votes to Dissolve Dallas County Schools | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort

 

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Nominations Extended for DCS Districts 1, 3 and 4!!

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DISD 2016-2017 SUMMER SCHEDULE for CENTRAL STAFF:

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5/1 - 11/17

STAAR Testing

5/6/17

End of the Year Celebration

5/11/17

DISD Board Briefing-11:30 a.m.

5/14/17

MOTHERS DAY

5/25/17

DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm

5/29/17

MEMORIAL DAY DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED

TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA

5/30-31/17

Secondary Early Release

1-877-ASK-TSTA 5/30-31/17 Secondary Early Release 6/1/17 Secondary & Elementary Early Release

6/1/17

Secondary & Elementary Early Release

6/2/17

Staff Development

6/8/17

DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am

6/22/17

DISD Board Meeting @6:00 pm

DISD 2016-2017 SUMMER SCHEDULE for CENTRAL STAFF:

Central Staff employees will work a four-day work week and the District will close on Fridays during a portion of the summer. Central office hours during the summer will be 7am until 6pm, Monday through Thursday.

Monthly Employees employees paid monthly will work the four-day work week from June 5 through August 11, 2017 and resume their regular work hours on August 14, 2017.

Biweekly Employees employees paid biweekly will work a four-day work week from June 9 through August 10, 2017, NOT working on June 9 th if they participate in the four-day. They will resume their regular work schedule August 11, 2017.

The District will be closed for Summer Break from July 3 7, 2017.

Unless otherwise approved by your Chief, employees are not allowed to work for pay while the District is closed. July 4 th is a holiday, and employees will report back to work on July 10 th . PLEASE KEEP IN MIND supervisors may require employees to change their daily work schedule, work overtime and/or work on Fridays for operational needs, instead of adhering to the summer schedule. It is the employee’s responsibility to consult the supervisor for the start, end, and lunch times for their daily work schedule during the summer.

NEA-DALLAS WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ON FRIDAYS FROM JUNE 5 AUGUST 11, 2017 and JULY 3 - 7, 2017. Our summer office hours will be 8:30 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday. TSTA will still be able to be reached 7am 7pm at 1-877-ASK-TSTA, Monday Friday.

Farewell Message from the President By Angela Davis As you know, my term as President

Farewell Message from the President

By Angela Davis

As you know, my term as President will be ending on May 31, 2017 and I hope that during my term I have been able to make a positive impact on both the current and future of NEA-Dallas. Thank you for the opportunity to lead and for your patience as I grew in my position. This is one experience I

will never forget!

My journey in leading NEA-Dallas wasn't done alone. I was accompanied by a team of dynamic individuals, both elected and not, who shared in our successes and learned from our failures.

So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank several people for their hard work and dedication, and without whom running NEA-Dallas wouldn't have been possible.

I’d like to thank my TSTA staff person, Malinda McKee, and my Executive Vice President, Mary Deniece Smith, for all their support and encouragement during my term, and all the members of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for their dedication in serving with me. There are not enough words to express the thanks and appreciation of these great leaders.

My sincerest thanks to our office manager, Raya Staley, for taking care of our members. I am certain that we can continue to count on her valuable support of NEA-Dallas.

But most importantly, my thanks go out to you, the Members, for all your support during my term. For without you NEA-Dallas

would not exist. It has been my pleasure to serve you.

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In closing, I do have one final request. I ask that each of you pledge your continued support to NEA-Dallas and help our newly elected leaders continue our journey to deliver the success NEA-Dallas deserves.

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We can do this, but only if we do it “TOGETHER.”

. We can do this, but only if we do it “TOGETHER.” Join NEA’s 2017 #ThankATeacher

Join NEA’s 2017 #ThankATeacher Campaign!

Teachers give us so much. A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we’re having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can’t ever thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our lives.

Join NEA and the National PTA in saying “Thank You” by sharing one of the following on social media during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8-12:

- A picture of yourself with your favorite teacher, past or present;

- A picture of your child with his or her teacher;

- A picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with a simple message saying Thank You to a teacher and why you’re thanking him or her.

Be sure to use the hashtag #ThankATeacher when sharing. Let’s show our teachers how much they mean to us!

National Teacher Day May 9 th

Lincoln High School community liaison wins award for going above and beyond

BY GENE DAVIS ON APRIL 25, 2017 INSIDE DALLAS ISD

It’s a Monday afternoon at Lincoln High School, and students keep popping in to say hi to Sheila Walker, the school’s community liaison. One student wants to show Walker his new cell phone; another student needs a tissue for his nose; a third students wants to talk about the previous weekend’s prom, which Walker helped set up for and ensure several students had dresses for the big night. Hearing from and helping students is par for the course for Walker, who was recently named the Texas State Teacher Association’s Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year. The award recognizes a support professional who goes above and beyond in serving their school and community. As community liaison, Walker connects the community with the school and helps students with everything from college essays to bus passes “This is a job that I would do even if I didn’t get paid for it,” Walker said. “My passion is to make sure all students are educated and set up for success, regardless of their background. This job is a blessing.” While this is Walker’s first year at Lincoln High School, she has worked in Dallas ISD for 23 years. She spent most of those years at Harry Stone Montessori in various roles such as teacher assistant and elementary data controller. At Lincoln High School, Walker registered seniors to vote and then took them to a polling location; provides homeless students at the school with food and supplies; organizes community and volunteer events at the school, and much more. Walker said it was an honor to receive the ESP of the Year honor, but that she doesn’t do her job for the outside recognition. “I get to connect the students and the staff with what they need, and there is no greater joy than that,” she said. “If there’s anything I can do to help, I’m happy to do it.”

anything I can do to help, I’m happy to do it.” In recent weeks, three school

In recent weeks, three school districts, White Settlement, Coppell and Weatherford, have all cut ties with DCS and signed contracts with other bus providers. Cedar Hill and Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISDs will vote on its contracts next month. Lancaster ISD has already received several competitive bids for its contract and DeSoto ISD is considering an RFP as well. Acting DCS Superintendent Leatha Mullins said previously she remains confident that DCS can survive. In February, the Dallas ISD approved a $50 million 17-month contract designed to give the district more power in the relationship while holding the agency more accountable for shortcomings.

Nominations Extended for DCS Districts 1, 3 and 4!!

NEA-Dallas Nomination Letter for Board of Directors Positions

NEA-Dallas is taking nominations for the Board of Directors.

To be considered please complete this form and return it to

our office by 4:00 pm on May 15, 2017.

nomination form through DISD Mail Box 118; return it through US Mail to 6500 Greenville Ave., Ste. 520, Dallas, Texas 75206; via fax 214-821-0219; or in person.

You may return the

Qualifications and Duties of Board of Directors

All members of the Board of Directors shall have been an active professional, paraprofessional, educational support or administrator member of the association for at least (1) one year immediately preceding the year in which the election takes places. All members shall maintain their membership in the category that they represent and be current in dues. The term of office for district directors of the Board of Directors shall be three years and begin June 1, 2017 and ending May 31, 2020. Each District Director shall:

1. Serve as a liaison between the members of NEA-Dallas

in their assigned district and their respective Dallas ISD/Dallas

County Schools Board of Trustee member.

2. Conduct district meetings of NEA-Dallas in their assigned

district and report to the Board of Directors.

3. Inform NEA-Dallas members in their assigned district of

NEA-Dallas policies and actions.

4. Serve as a liaison between the members of NEA-Dallas

in their assigned district and the Board of Directors.

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Serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

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Attend Dallas ISD/Dallas County Schools General Board

meetings.

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Actively participates in membership recruitment activities.

Please place a check mark on the line next to the appropriate Board of Directors’ seat that the nominee is being nominated for. The nominee can run for only ONE position. Each district will have two directors (1) from Dallas ISD and (1) from Dallas County Schools except for District 5. Please look at the list below to find what district your worksite is listed under.

District

1

District

3

District

4

I,

submit my nomination form to serve on the Board for the period of June 1, 2017, through May 31, 2020. I realize this is a commitment and that Board meetings regularly meet, and I will be expected to attend to ensure that I am current on all NEA-Dallas’ events and administrative functions.

respectfully

Name of Nominee:

Nominee’s Address:

Nominee’s Home Number:

Nominee’s Cell:

Nominee’s Email:

Nominee’s Worksite:

Job Title

Signature of person completing form

All information is REQUIRED to be officially nominated. Return completed form by 4:00 pm on May 15, 2017.

NEA-Dallas District Directors Locations

Dallas County Schools Service Centers District 1

North Dallas

District 3

Pat Raney

District 4

Kleberg

Lawnview

DCS Administration

District 3  Pat Raney District 4  Kleberg  Lawnview  DCS Administration