Member Benefits Training – Wed., Sept. 17th

Dear Alliance Member,

Our first MEMBER BENEFITS presentation will take place this Wednesday, September 17th from 5pm-7pm at the Alliance House (120 Adams Street).  Learn how to access your union benefits and how to save money!

Benefits include discounts on:
Cell Phone Bills
Local Restaurants
Classroom Supplies
Books
Movies
Theme Parks
Auto Insurance

And much more. All trainings will take place from 5pm-7pm at the Alliance House, 120 Adams Street, 78210.

Members who attend will be entered into a raffle for a flat screen TV. Any member who brings a non-member who joins, will receive an additional raffle ticket.

Please rsvp by contacting the Alliance Office at 210-225-7174 or emailinginfo@sanantonioalliance.org.

If you are not available to attend this training, we will hold two additional trainings on November 19th and May 20th from 5pm-7pm.

San Antonio Alliance of Teachers & Support Personnel
120 Adams Street (San Antonio, TX 78210)
(210) 225-7174

info@sanantonioalliance.org

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New Teacher Survival Kit

Download your free New Teacher Survival Kit.

  • Tips for setting up your classroom
  • Resources for managing student discipline
  • Handy forms for tracking students
  • Grading aides
  • Preparing for evaluations
  • And more!
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Alliance Back to School Social

Last Friday Alliance members headed over to the Alliance House for our first FIRST FRIDAY social of the 2014-15 school year! Members enjoyed drinks, food, and great conversations with Alliance members across SAISD. Congratulations to Barbara Barrera from Smith Elementary for winning the flat screen television! If you are interested in planning our next social, please contact Katy Giglio at katyg@sanantonioalliance.org

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Texas system for funding public schools ruled unconstitutional

Texas system for funding public schools ruled unconstitutional

State District Judge John Dietz, on Thursday, issued a long-awaited final decision in the school-finance case brought against the state by hundreds of school districts. Judge Dietz found overwhelming evidence that the current funding system is unconstitutional because it is not adequate, not equitable, and violates the ban on a statewide property tax. The lawsuit was filed after lawmakers cut $5.4 billion from state public education funding in 2011. Both of the Alliance’s state affiliates – TSTA and Texas AFT – have urged Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop using tax dollars on further appeals and have called on the Legislature to immediately begin working on a plan that can be passed during next year’s session. Continue reading

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Use of Leave Days

Use of Leave Days

Every year, the Alliance office receives questions regarding use of leave days. Through our Consultation meetings with the district administration, we have worked to convey concerns and confusion that may exist with regard to use of leave days. This year, John Norman, from SAISD Human Resources, created an excellent Power Point to help explain the district’s leave day policy. Continue reading

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The Kids Are Worth It

The Kids Are Worth It

With a decision in the long-running school-finance lawsuit expected later this week, Linda Bridges, president of the Texas AFT, an Alliance state affiliate, put the legal issues in classroom perspective in an op-ed article published Wednesday by the Austin American-Statesman:

As teachers and parents filled the state Capitol in 2011 to fight unprecedented education cuts, a reporter asked why we kept on when the odds seemed stacked against us.
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