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On January 26, the DISD School Board voted to extend the school day by 45 minutes without increasing pay for teachers. Although Dallas teachers are contract labor, school board member Edwin Flores introduced the legislation with the premise, "We're going to pay for eight hours, we're going to get eight hours." Teachers bring home papers to grade, lessons to plan and often remain after our contract time to sponsor clubs and extra-curricular activities into the evening for which we are offered no compensation. Asking us to remain at school just to be sure that the district has assurance that we are working hard enough does not take any of these areas into account. School board president Lew Blackburn has been quoted by Dallas ISD blog as having stated that the additional time could be used for staff development, collaboration, "professional learning communities" and for "extending the school day for students." Therefore the additional concern would be an extra long day for students with either more classes or class time. Most students already have eight classes. Adding to this would be daunting for the average student. Should the time be directed to be used for staff development, collaboration sessions, additional faculty meetings, "learning communities" or more class time, we as instructors would have no time for meeting with parents, answering their calls or email. We will have no time for sponsoring extra-curricular activities. There will be no time to write letters of recommendation or to plan lessons or grade papers. The voluminous paperwork has already become untenable (student profile sheets, PDAS binders full of documentation, Teacher Self-Reports, Individual Education Plans, Admission Review and Dismissal reports, syllabi, lesson plans, Title I tutoring logs... and the list goes on). Teachers already work well beyond the eight and a half hour day just sponsoring activities, planning and grading. Please support me in respectfully petitioning the Dallas Independent School Board to reverse its decision to extend the school day by 45 minutes.

Letter to
Dallas ISD Trustees
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees.

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Please consider holding a vote to reverse the decision to extend the teachers' workday by 45 minutes. I know that you initially voted 'no' on this and that is why I hold hope that you may consider leading a vote to reverse the decision.

On January 26, the DISD School Board voted to extend the school day by 45 minutes without increasing pay for teachers. Although Dallas teachers are contract labor, school board member Edwin Flores introduced the legislation with the premise, "We're going to pay for eight hours, we're going to get eight hours" and that "our great teachers already work more than that." Those great teachers bring home papers to grade, lessons to plan and often remain after our contract time to sponsor clubs and extra-curricular activities into the evening for which we are offered no compensation. Asking us to remain at school only as an assurance that we are working hard enough does not take any of these areas into account.

School board president Lew Blackburn has been quoted by Dallas ISD blog as having stated that the additional time could be used for staff development, collaboration, "professional learning communities" and for "extending the school day for students." In the event that the time be directed to be used for these other purposes, we as instructors would have no time for meeting with parents, answering their calls or email. We will have no time for sponsoring extra-curricular activities. There will be no time to write letters of recommendation or to plan lessons or grade papers. The voluminous paperwork has already become untenable (student profile sheets, PDAS binders full of documentation, Teacher Self-Reports, Individual Education Plans, Admission Review and Dismissal reports, syllabi, lesson plans, Title I tutoring logs... and the list goes on). Those of us already arriving an hour before our required time for clocking in and/or an hour after school will now have those hours taken from us in order to corral us into rooms so that we can read articles about teaching and document that we were present and accounted for, just to be sure that we are at school.

Please support me in reversing the decision to extend the school day by 45 minutes so that great teachers and great students can continue doing what they do to achieve excellence.
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Highest regards,