The ScorePublic Schools-18, Charters-0

Thomas Ratliff, State Board of Education Vice-Chairman issued the below press release comparing public education with charter schools. It is telling, and I ask you to take the time to read it. I have included a chart comparing charter salaries in El Paso County compared to EPISD and the county ISD average.


Federation Summer Activties

I hope that this summer is a pleasant one for you and your family and you are taking advantage of it to recuperate, reconnect, relax and recharge. The 2014-2015 School Year was a rough one, by any measure.

I want to give you a heads up on a couple of opportunities and programs occurring over the summer.


Time to Dump NCLB

U.S. Senate Gets Ready to Leave Behind NCLB at Last—Write to Urge a Yes Vote!

It is time to dump No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and its test and punish then test some more failed approach to education. You have a moment of opportunity right now to help pass the long-overdue rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which is finally coming to a vote in the U.S. Senate on July 7.


The Latest Good Idea

The Board of Trustee meeting on the 23rd also provided a good insight to the approach the elected Trustees will be taking. It was very encouraging.

First, they all showed they take their governance and stewardship duties VERY seriously.

Second, they all are actively and alertly engaged in the meeting.


New TRS-ActiveCare Open Enrollment Dates

In a significant change from last year, Open Enrollment for Employee Benefits this year will take place between July 1, 2015 and July 31, 2015. Due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment is mandatory. Every employee must go online and enroll or decline coverage during the Open Enrollment Period whether or not you are in TRS-ActiveCare.