Eyes on the Board - 3.21.2017 Part 1 (Four Goals)

The purpose of thisl is to update you on the EPISD Board of Trustee Meeting on March 21st.  There were two main areas of interest.  The first was the advocacy for the Federation’s Four Goals.  The second was advocacy for needed changes, transparency and reforms within the Special Education Department.  I will split this Eyes on the Board into two parts.


Trump's budget takes a meat cleaver to public education

The 2018 budget proposal "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.



This to respond to the questions posed about leave by those of you who read ‘The ABCs of Non-Discretionary Leave’.  Several excellent questions were raised and it makes sense to share them and the answers with you.

Question #1:  Can my Principal release me an hour early?


Legislative Update

The purpose of this is to update you on the discussions I had with our State Delegation in Austin on last Thursday afternoon and Friday.  I met with each of our State Representatives and Senator Rodriguez’s staff.  First and foremost, I wanted to say that the El Paso delegation is rock solid pro public education and on our side.  More than a few of my peers from Locals around the State are jealous of our team in the Legislature.  So, to Senator Rodriguez and Representatives Joe Picket, Joe Moody, Mary Gonzalez, Cesar Blanco and Lina Ortega, thanks, and we look forward to seeing you on the


ABCs of Non-Discretionary Leave

The purpose of this is to remind you of your rights and responsibilities concerning leave.   I must do this because there is an increasing number of problems being reported by you.  As an example, one member at an Elementary School needed to take leave to hospitalize their child.  The Principal refused to allow the member to leave campus to take care of this family emergency.  This was Non-discretionary Leave that the Principal violated policy by denying the leave.  Two calls to the Area Superintendent and HR later, problem solved, child hospitalized.


Eyes on the Board - 2.28.2017 (Pt 2 - HB 171 and EPISD)

This is Two of the Eyes on the Board.  It will address the EPISD All Girls School significance beyond the obvious.

The EPISD All Girls School.  The Trustees voted to fund and authorize the opening of the All Girls School in Fall 2017 in the B and C wings of what is currently Armendarez Middle School using 2007 Bond Funds for the construction work.  I spoke to this issue for three reasons.

1.      The concept is sound and it is an innovation that may help increase District attendance.