COPS Metro November 16th Civic Academy for Living Wage

Dear leaders, friends and allies of COPS and the Metro Alliance,

Did you know that 1 out of 5 people in San Antonio lives in poverty?

Even worse, 1 in 3 children is growing up in poverty in Bexar County. Many families are working very hard and still not earning enough to make ends meet. In response, leaders from COPS and the Metro Alliance have launched a campaign to raise wages for many of the lowest paid workers in San Antonio.

Click here to sign up to support the Living Wage and Economic Security Campaign! By signing up, you will also receive news and updates about our progress with the campaign.

Want to learn more about wages? The city budget? Other economic pressures on our families? Attend a civic academy at an institution near you. Click here for a list of civic academies on Living Wages and Economic Security.

Finally, in order to build a strong base of support, COPS and the Metro Alliance will have a Fall Assembly for leaders and allies. Click here for a flyer for our Fall Assembly on Sunday, November 16th, 2014, Sacred Heart Church Civic Center, 2123 W. Commerce St. (And here’s the flyer in spanish!)

Thank you,

Surya Kalra

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Documentary on school finance struggle to premiere

 “The Texas Promise,” a documentary by Oscar-winner Vanessa Roth about the high-stakes battle over funding for public education in Texas, will premiere at the Austin Film Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Bob Bullock IMAX Theatre, followed by a question-and-answer session with the director. A second screening will take place on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Set within courtrooms, classrooms, and the Capitol, the film features gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and State Rep. Mike Villarreal arguing to restore funding while lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Dan Patrick and State Senator Donna Campbell beat the drum for vouchers and charters instead of putting money into what they call a “failing” public school system.

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Rock the VOTE & then Rock a SELFIE!

How do I participate in this contest: STEP 1: Go Vote (either during EARLY VOTING 10/20—10/31 OR on ELECTION DAY 11/4) STEP 2: Take a selfie of yourself  with your “I VOTED sticker” and post it to the Alliance Facebook Page OR email it to (Do not take the selfie at your polling place, that is not allowed). STEP 3: Wait patiently. We will announce the winner at the November 19th Member Benefits Presentation at the  Alliance Office. The winner will receive a $50 HEB gift card!

Click here to view all Bexar County early voting locations.

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October Events

Tuesday October 21st from 4:45pm-6pm: Bilingual Teacher Meeting – We have heard numerous concerns from bilingual teachers regarding cuts to their supply budgets, new coaches, etc… Please attend so we can gather all concerns and discuss next steps.

Wednesday, October 22nd from 4:45-6:00 pm: Librarian Task Force Meeting – Librarians who have volunteered for the task force are invited to attend.

Thursday October 23rd from 5pm-6pm:
 Know Your Rights Session - Come and learn more about education laws, board policies, and procedures. Professional employees, paraprofessionals, and classified employees will learn all about their rights.

Saturday, October 25th from 1pm-3pm: Support Personnel Forum – All paraprofessional and classified employees are welcome to learn more about the Alliance’s work on the living wage campaign and our efforts to bring an anti-bullying campaign to SAISD.

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Special Education – staff, time, communication, training

Last May, the Alliance Special Education Action Team submitted numerous proposals to address ongoing concerns from Special Education teachers. A separate Consultation-related meeting has been scheduled to discuss the proposals, which include recommendations in the areas of staff, time, communication, and training.

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Breakfast in the Classroom rosters

Food service managers have expressed concerns about the BIC rosters being turned in blank, incomplete, or improperly filled out. The rosters are accompanied with specific instructions that need to be followed. This is vital to the continued funding for the program.

Many SAISD students are prone to “transient hunger,” which can significantly impact student learning.  The Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) program is an approach to help address this situation.

The BIC roster has changed from last year to this year and some teachers may not have realized there were changes. Additionally, some of the roster problems are occurring when there is a substitute teacher in a classroom. The administration conducted training for subs last year and has committed to update the training for this year to address the new form.

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