Union Leaders Honored at Labor Day Celebration

San Antonio AllianceUncategorized

San Antonio Alliance President, Shelley Potter, and Bexar County Federation of Teachers President, Tom Cummins, were honored at the North East Bexar County Democrats September 5th Labor Day Rally and Picnic. Potter said, “It was an honor to represent the hardworking and dedicated school employees in the San Antonio Independent School District.” Click here to watch the video.

Hot Issues

San Antonio AllianceUncategorized

There was no shortage of issues during the first week of the school year. The following are the concerns about which the Alliance staff and officers were most contacted about: Schools with half-time librarians: There are 36 schools in the district that do not have a librarian assigned full time to the school.  Eighteen librarians cover those 36 schools.  Since the district eliminated the librarian assistant position, these 36 school libraries are not staffed half of … Read More

Duty-Free Lunch for Teachers

San Antonio AllianceUncategorized

Under state law, Texas Education Code 13.909, “Each teacher actively engaged in the instruction and supervision of students in public schools is entitled to at least a 30-minute lunch period free from all duties and responsibilities connected with the instruction and supervision of students.” An Attorney General’s opinion, JM-481, also concluded that this section of the law does not permit a rule requiring teachers to remain on school property during their lunch break. Teachers are … Read More

What is the Safe Schools Act?

San Antonio AllianceUncategorized

Seventeen years ago, Texas AFT, one of the Alliance’s state affiliates, launched its campaign for a Safe Schools Act to put a stop to violence on campus. In 1995, the Texas Legislature responded, by enacting laws that gave educators new tools for responding to students who are violent, abusive, or chronically disruptive. These laws give us a chance to make our schools safe and orderly, but laws must be enforced.

Internal Charters Begin at Some SAISD Schools with Alliance Guidance

San Antonio AllianceUncategorized

On August 22, as SAISD began the 2011-12 school year, our Alliance Innovation Fund Grantee schools launched their internal charter schools. The schools include: Highland Park Critical Thinking Internal Charter School, Rhodes Technology and Media Internal Charter School, and Travis Early College High School.