To Fight for Public Schools Is to Fight for Democracy

Friends, when a small group of parents and educators formed the Network for Public Education in 2013, we had a singular goal: to mobilize the allies of public education against the powerful forces supporting privatization and high-stakes testing. To advance that goal, we hoped to create a force to counter the large amounts of money that were being dumped into state and local school board races to undermine public education, to demoralize teachers, and to promote an agenda of choice, testing, and sanctions.

We knew we were up against some of the wealthiest people in the nation. We knew they included a bunch of billionaires, and we could never match their spending. Read More

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2014 School Supply Drive

SAMMinistries, a United Way Agency, is an interfaith ministry and their  mission is to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain self-sufficiency. This year the San Antonio AFL-CIO will be collecting donations for SAMMinistries School Supply Drive. We will be collecting donations until August 1st!

Please bring your donation(s) of school supplies to the offices of the San Antonio AFL-CIO located at 231 W Cypress #115.  We have attached a school supply list and school uniform list.  You can also make a monetary donation. For questions please call us at (210) 226-8447. Continue reading

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Approved administrative appointments and promotions (Updated 7/9/14)

Click here to review the approved administrative appointments and promotions from the July 9, 2014 school board meeting.

Click here to review the approved administrative appointments and promotions from the June 25, 2014 school board meeting.

Click here to review the approved administrative appointments and promotions from the June 16, 2014 school board meeting.

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Administrative Appointments

Click here to review the administrative assignments from the Monday, June 16th school board meeting.

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Correction issued: Which school district’s teachers are more frequently absent?

BY FRANCISCO VARA-ORTA : JUNE 4, 2014 : Updated: June 4, 2014 1:45pm

SAN ANTONIO — The numbers looked funny to San Antonio Independent School District officials and to a local teachers’ union president.

A study reported SAISD teachers miss work more often than in the major school districts in Texas’ other three largest metro areas, released Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

On Wednesday, the Washington-based think tank apologized and issued a correction — the school district it picked to analyze in Bexar County in a study of teacher absenteeism in 40 districts across the United States was Northside ISD, not SAISD.

Read more about those findings at ExpressNews.com.

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School Board approves health insurance plan

On May 19, the SAISD Board of Trustees approved the district health insurance plan that will become effective November 1, 2014.  The Board accepted the Employee Benefits Committee recommendation for United Healthcare. The committee spent 24 hours over five meetings to review and evaluate proposals submitted by carriers.  Factors considered by the committee included cost, benefits, size of network, and service.   Continue reading

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