On Monday night, the SAISD school board voted 7-0 to uphold the SAISD elected Consultation policy. The Board voted to deny the ATPE grievance, which ATPE filed with the intent of abolishing elected Consultation in SAISD.
During Monday night’s grievance, ATPE argued that they want a process that puts all organizations at the Consultation table. In districts that have used such an approach, employee voice has been diluted. The Alliance argued that we believe in the right of employees to use a fair, democratic process to elect a representative organization through which employees can speak with one, strong voice. SAISD employees elected the Alliance, and the school board will continue to honor that decision. (There is the opportunity every two years for any organization to gather signatures from employees to call for an election. ATPE has chosen not to utilize this process.)
As the elected Consultation organization, the Alliance will continue to solicit input on issues from all employees, whether they are members or not, as per the SAISD Consultation policy.