For the past year, the Alliance has been advocating for hands-on fire extinguisher training for Food Services staff. Last year the district began to move away from a video training approach to more hands-on training. Consultation discussions resulted in the district working towards building the capacity within the district to be able to offer the training rather than having to use an outside entity.
The Alliance and Administration worked together to create a flow chart to help give administrators and teachers a clearer picture of the steps to take when a student violates the Student Code of Conduct or engages in inappropriate behavior. The chart makes clear that a teacher should write a discipline referral when a student violates the SCOC. The flow chart can be found in the “Forms” portion of the Administrative Procedures section of the SAISD website: http://nova.saisd.net/storage/uploads/Policies/F11_A_Exhibit.pdf. Continue reading
Last school year, after conducting a survey on excessive testing and holding a forum to hear from teachers, the Alliance formed the Excessive Testing Task Force with the goal of decreasing the number of tests administered to our students so that teachers can spend more time on instruction.
The task force requested that the district compile a list of required tests and include the rationale for each test, who is responsible for administering each test, which department, grant, or entity requires each test, and how data from the test will be used. Continue reading
SAISD Administration is working to improve and update its Review 360 behavior tracking system to establish a completely online discipline referral process. At the September meeting of the SAISD Student Behavior Task Force, administration asked Alliance leaders to work with central office staff to review the prototype, with the goal of rolling out the system district-wide later in the fall. The Alliance will involve a group of teachers in the review. Continue reading
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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