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House Budget Writers’ Aim To “Fully Fund” TRS Retiree Health Care

The chair of the Texas House Appropriations Committee announced Wednesday that his committee would “fully fund” health care for retired school employees for the next two years. The statement from Rep. John Otto, Republican of Dayton, was the strongest indication yet that at least one chamber of the legislature wants to protect retirees enrolled in the TRS-Care health plan from increases in their premiums. That’s especially significant right now, because TRS-Care faces a funding shortfall of $768 million for the 2016-2017 budget period. Continue reading

What paperwork can be required of teachers?

State law (TEC 11.164) as well as SAISD Board Policy DLB (Legal) limit what paperwork can be required of teachers. The goal of limiting paperwork is to preserve time for teachers to focus on planning, preparing, and delivering effective instruction for our students. The state law says: “The Board shall limit redundant requests for information and the number and length of written reports that a classroom teacher is required to prepare.” The law lists what written information a teacher may be required to prepare. While a teacher may choose to do paperwork beyond what is allowed in the law, a teacher may not be required to do so. The teacher has the professional discretion to determine whether s/he believes any additional paperwork would be beneficial. State law also charges the Board to “review paperwork requirements imposed on classroom teachers and transfer to existing noninstructional staff a reporting task that can reasonably be accomplished by that staff.”

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2015 Read Across America Routes

The 2015 Read Across America routes have been planned! The event will take place on Friday, March 6th. Thank you to our Read Across America Committee Members Sandra Jasso (Crockett ES) and Patrick Lopez (Navarro Academy) for planning the routes. We tried to accommodate everyone’s time request as best as we could. Should you have any questions, please contact us at readacrossamerica@sanantonioalliance.org.

RAA ROUTES

Don’t Miss The Ideas & Innovations Virtual Conference

Share my lesson will be hosting the 2015 Ideas & Innovations Virtual Conference, March 23-25.
Here are the reasons why you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity:
1. You’ll discover new ideas for your classroom—they have 29 education experts lined up.
2. Your time will be recognized—you can get a certificate of completion.
3. You’ll stay on top of trends affecting teaching today—choose from sessions spanning all grades and subject areas.
4. You won’t stretch your finances—it’s free.
5. You won’t need to travel—it’s all online.

If you are interested, click here to view the sessions and reserve your spot today.

Lobby Day 2015

Lobby Day 2015 is quickly approaching, an important day to halt the destruction and get public education back on track. On March 9, 2015 – join hundreds of your fellow colleagues and friends from around the state at the Texas Capitol for the largest rally of school employees of the legislative session. This is a time to make a difference for education in Texas and your community. Are you with us? Seats are limited. Sign up by February 27, 2015.

If you plan on attending, you can sign up online:
Eventbrite - Lobby Day 2015

Or download the form and return it back to the Alliance office.

Remember, your voice matters!

FORUM for SUPPORT PERSONNEL

When:   February 24, 2015
6PM – 7:30PM
Where:  ALLIANCE HOUSE
120 ADAMS ST. SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78210 (KING WILLIAM DISTRICT)

FEATURING : MEET & GREET-YOUR SUPPORT PERSONNEL LEADERS • UPDATE ON CITY LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN • WORKPLACE BULLY AT YOUR WORKSITE

Door Prizes
All SAISD hourly employees
Bring a coworker with you for a chance to win a $50 gift card
Reserve seating call 225-7171

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