EPISD School Board Election

The purpose of this is to update you on the EPISD Board of Trustees Election.  The closing date for filing passed on Friday.  There are four seats up for election.

Here are the candidates by District.

District/Feeder Patterns



One/Bowie and EPHS

Bob Geske



First EPISD Citizens Bond Advisory Committee Meeting

The purpose of this is to update you on the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, February 17th.

The Citizen’s Bond Advisory Committee met for the first time.  I sit on it as the employee/labor representative, as “EPISD’s largest employee organization”.  I will be sharing this with the presidents of TCTA and ATPE.  Highpoints were:

1.        Election of officers.  Ted Haughton is the committee chair person.



State Senate Update - SB 13 and SB 789

The purpose of this E-Mail is to update you on the status of two Senate Bills (SB) of concern to you.  They are SB 13 (Ending Payroll Deduction) and SB 789 (TRS-ActiveCare).


DeVos Confirmation

Today, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaking vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. The narrow and unprecedented nature of this vote is a testament to your activism.

 As I just shared with my fellow AFT presidents around Texas, “Fear not and don’t show fear.  And, sure as hell don’t give up in despair.  That’s what they want us to do, sit down, shut up and be afraid.  Just get ready to fight back harder”.


Your Comments on TRS-ActiveCare

First off, I want to thank those of you who took the time to share your thoughts.  I have forwarded them to Senator Rodriguez’s staff and to the Trustees.  I want to share with you what I sent the Senator.


In Solidarity,


Thank you for the opportunity for my membership to express their thoughts and concerns.  I have included their remarks, below.


Before that, though, I want to make two things crystal clear.