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11/2/17 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am NEA-Dallas www.TSTA.org “SMALL ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU, NEA-Dallas Board of Directors
President Delna Bryan
11/14/17 DCS Board Meeting @ 1 pm 6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520 www.NEA.org BIG ENOUGH TO SERVE YOU.” Vice President Sheila Walker
Dallas, Texas 75206
11/16/17 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm VP of Teacher Affairs Hope Lee
www.NEADALLAS.com VP of DISD ESPs Carmen Behrend
11/20-24/17 NEA-DALLAS CLOSED Monday – Friday VP of DCS ESPs Lonnie Richardson
Thanksgiving Break 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Secretary Vivian Bryant
11/30/17 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am [Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays] NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2017 Acting Treasurer Angela Davis
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA

A Message from the President IN THIS ISSUE
By Delna Bryan
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Dallas ISD and DCS Colleagues; Page 1
Malinda McKee Raya Staley Cooler weather is here at last! Welcome to 2017 NEA-DALLAS BOD TREASURER ELECTION
12/2/17 NEA-Dallas Winter Celebration November as we must stop thinking about
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12/14/17 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm (214) 923-2768 – cell (214) 821-2061 going to our wonderful Texas State Fair. Where did the time go this SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND TAXPAYERS SAVED $42 MILLION LAST
malindam@tsta.org officemanager@logixonline.com year? We think now about all the fun that came with showcasing the SCHOOL YEAR ON STUDENT TRANSPORTATION BY USING DALLAS
12/22/17-1/5/18 NEA-DALLAS CLOSED many talents from cuisine to music and more there. We think about
Winter Break the days enjoyed with family and friends as we tasted the new flavors COUNTY SCHOOLS
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NEA-Dallas neadallas1 in food, and rode our full of all the exciting rides available. We think
about the pictures that we took with Big Tex to add to our TSTA JOINS THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION TO
scrapbook/yearbook collections. ESTABLISH HARVEY RELIEF FUND FOR MEMBERS
Call or Email Congress Now! Urge them to Pass the DREAM TSTA Help Center Page 2
We are aboard the Dawn Express that stopped in South Texas for
Act 1-877-ASK-TSTA this great event. However, still we ponder the many things going on at NEA-DALLAS NOMINATION LETTER FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS DCS
www.TSTA.org school when we got back there after all this fun. We have to DISTRICTS 1 & 3 POSITIONS
On September 5, President Trump announced that the Deferred Action for remember to give in support of the families and friends still in need Page 3
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will end in six months unless Congress because of Hurricane Harvey. TSTA-NEA have a Harvey Relief CALENDAR OF EVENTS
moves to protect DACA recipients and Dreamers. As many as 800,000 NEAMB Signature Discount
Fund set up online for our contributions. We need to support the See some important dates and times for upcoming events for the current
young people could be deported, including many students and educators. When you enroll in the AT&T Signature Discount program, through upcoming DACA Initiative, and foremost in our minds would be to month.
Known as Dreamers, they came to the United States as children and know your organization-and have a qualified wireless service agreement- vote on Proposition A in the Dallas County Schools Elections Page 4
no other country as home. you'll save on your monthly service charge for qualifying plans. come November 7th. Early voting is October 23rd. – November 3rd.
As an AT&T Signature Discount member, you’ll receive: Yes, all these are on our agenda to take care now. But, we cannot lose 2017 NEA-Dallas BOD Treasurer Election
Now is the time for a permanent legislative solution. DACA recipients and sight of our primary focus: our students!
Dreamers — people brought to the United States as children — deserve the • 15% off qualified wireless plans & services Candidates
certainty and permanent protections provided by the Dream Act of 2017 (S. We need to inculcate in them the best quality education ever! We need to
• 20% off eligible wireless accessories share with them how to achieve their dreams for tomorrow. We can prepare Angela Davis
1615/H.R. 3440), a bipartisan bill that includes multiple pathways to
citizenship via higher education, military service, or employment. To qualify, For more information and details go to the website listed below: them to be college as well as work force ready. Gail Perry
individuals must have entered the United States as minors and have a Union Member discounts available at This is the time of year that we all say Thanks in some form for the
 Ballots will be mailed to home addresses of DCS
continuous presence in the United States for four years before the date of www.att.com/wireless/NEAMB bountiful gifts that have been bestowed upon us. This is the time of year
the bill’s enactment. that we celebrate Thanksgiving, and reflect on the first gathering of the Members and online voting will be done by DISD
early Pilgrims and the Native Americans who sat down in unity and Members, beginning November 6, 2017 through
Related bills that NEA does not support fall short of the Dream Act — they togetherness as one family. Let us continue to join hands in harmony and November 17, 2017. All members will vote for the
are more exclusive and narrowly tailored, and do not fully address current solidarity as one people. Treasurer position.
DACA recipients and those eligible for DACA. Those bills include the Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
Recognizing America’s Children or RAC Act (H.R. 1468) and the Bar If you have moved or changed your mailing address, please
Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy or BRIDGE Act All aboard for the next stop!!! update your information as soon as possible.
(S. 128/H.R. 496). Delna
Ballots must be postmarked and received by Friday November 17,
2017 at 5pm.
For more information visit dcschools.com/FAQ. To stay current on the Two Vacant Seats on NEA-Dallas BOD, DCS Districts 1 & 3 Name of Nominee:
improvements and new developments at DCS, visit dcschools.com/news.
For all media inquiries or to request an interview with DCS leadership, Last Fall, you elected new Executive Officers that took office on June 1,
please contact: press@dcschools.com. ___________________________________________________________
2017. You elected the following:
About Dallas County Schools President – Delna Bryan
Nominee’s Address:
Dallas County Schools (DCS) is a county school district that provides Executive Vice President – Sheila Walker
services to school districts and government entities in and around Dallas Vice President of Teacher Affairs – Hope Lee
County. One of the top pupil transportation fleets in the nation, DCS was ___________________________________________________________
Vice President of DISD ESP Affairs – Carmen Behrend
ranked #5 on the list of 2016 Top 100 Schools District Fleets by School
Bus Fleet Magazine. DCS operates over 1,900 buses and transports more Vice President of DCS ESP Affairs – Lonnie Richardson
Nominee’s Home Number: _____________________________________
than 75,000 children to and from school safely each day. To learn more Secretary – Vivian Bryant
about the benefits DCS provides school districts, visit dcschools.com
Now NEA-Dallas is taking nominations for the Board of Directors for two Nominee’s Cell: ______________________________________________
DCS seats.
TSTA joins the National Education Association to establish To be considered please complete this form and return it to our office Nominee’s Email:
Harvey relief fund for members by 5:00 pm on November 17, 2017. You may return the 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. ___________________________________________________________
Vote to SAVE Dallas County Schools The Texas State Teachers Association is accepting donations to the
Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund established jointly with the National Qualifications and Duties of Board of Directors
Early Voting Education Association to help TSTA and NEA members displaced by the All members of the Board of Directors shall have been an active Nominee’s Worksite: __________________________________________
October 23, 2017 – November 3, 2017 storm and to assist the schools where they work. These educators have professional, paraprofessional, educational support or administrator
the double task of rebuilding their own lives as well as helping rebuild the member of the association for at least (1) one year immediately preceding
lives of their displaced students. Job Title____________________________________________________
Election Day the year in which the election takes places. All members shall maintain their
November 7, 2017 Tax-deductible donations can be made by going to this link and scrolling membership in the category that they represent and be current in dues.
down to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Signature of person completing form
http://www.neafoundation.org/donate/ The term of office for district directors of the Board of Directors shall be
TSTA President Noel Candelaria said early estimates indicate at least 20 three years and begin June 1, 2017 and ending May 31, 2020.
to 30 percent of TSTA members have been adversely affected by the Each District Director shall: ___________________________________________________________
storm. Some have been forced to flee from their homes, and some teach 1. Serve as a liaison between the members of NEA-Dallas in their All information is REQUIRED to be officially nominated. Return
School Districts and Taxpayers Saved $42 Million Last and work in schools that are expected to be closed for the foreseeable assigned district and their respective Dallas ISD/Dallas County Schools completed form by 5:00 pm on November 17, 2017.
School Year on Student Transportation by Using Dallas future. Board of Trustee member.
County Schools “This recovery will not happen overnight,” Candelaria said. “We can’t NEA-Dallas District Directors Locations
predict how long many of our TSTA and NEA sisters and brothers will be 2. Conduct district meetings of NEA-Dallas in their assigned
district and report to the Board of Directors. Dallas County Schools Service Centers
DALLAS, Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas County Schools out of work or unable to move back into their homes. In many cases, their
3. Inform NEA-Dallas members in their assigned district of NEA- District 1
(DCS) found that school districts and, therefore, taxpayers of Dallas financial costs will be huge. Hurricane Harvey will fade from the headlines,
County saved over $42 million on the cost of student transportation by but your continued support will help our members get through the long Dallas policies and actions.  North Dallas
utilizing DCS services, compared to a private vendor. This metric is based haul. 4. Serve as a liaison between the members of NEA-Dallas in their District 2
on DCS's 2016-2017 Near Final Settle-up amounts with the school “With the help of NEA members across the country, we will help members assigned district and the Board of Directors.
in need of assistance recover and rebuild their lives,” Candelaria added.  Dissolved into District 4
districts and the cost the districts would have paid for those same
5. Serve as a member of the Board of Directors. District 3
services, per vendor responses to user districts' requests for proposals. “Many TSTA members have volunteered to help families displaced by the
storm, many of whom are being sheltered at public school campuses as 6. Attend Dallas ISD/Dallas County Schools General Board
 Pat Raney
"DCS can never go up on taxes," confirmed Gary Lindsey, Interim far away as Austin. As educators, our top priority is our students, and in meetings.
Superintendent of DCS. "We provide a tax rate of $.01 per $100 assessed the aftermath of Harvey, we will work with our members, students and District 4
7. Actively participates in membership recruitment activities.
valuation property tax levied on Dallas County property - the statutory their families to rebuild homes and classrooms to make sure we all have a  Kleberg
Please place a check mark on the line next to the appropriate Board of
maximum. To put the DCS tax cost in perspective, for a home with a safe place to live, to learn, and to prosper.”  Lawnview
Directors’ seat that the nominee is being nominated for. The nominee can
taxable value of $100,000 it would cost less than $10.00 annually. This NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia said: “All of us can play a role in  Don Shields
run for only ONE position. Each district will have two directors (1) from
is $0.83 per month, or less than the cost of one large soft drink per rebuilding the lives of those impacted by this storm, standing strong for our  Beckley
Dallas ISD and (1) from Dallas County Schools except for District 5. Please
month!" members and mending communities. On behalf of affected NEA  DCS Administration
look on to find what district your worksite is listed under.
members, thank you for your prayers and generosity. We will help our
This summer, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD found that DCS was the sisters and brothers find their way to brighter days and be their anchor ____District 1 _____District 3 District 5
most affordable option when they put out their request for proposals for through this storm.”  Aledo
student transportation services and discovered they would have to TSTA is the Texas affiliate of the three-million-member NEA.  Carrollton/Farmers Branch
pay $2.5 million dollars more for another vendor. I, ________________________________________ respectfully submit my
nomination form to serve on the Board for the period of June 1, 2017,  Coppell
through May 31, 2020. I realize this is a commitment and that Board  Irving
Without DCS, increased costs to the districts might result in having to
meetings regularly meet, and I will be expected to attend to ensure that I  Richardson
remove funds from student programs and reallocate them to transportation
services. am current on all NEA-Dallas’ events and administrative functions.  Weatherford
 White Settlement