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Members of the TASB Risk Management Fund’s grant-eligible programs have until April 3 to apply for the 2015 Loss Prevention Grants. Don’t lose out!
Reporters who are fair and balanced in their coverage of public education deserve a pat on the back. Say thanks by adding them to the 2015 Media Honor Roll.
Add to the growing list of businesses and community groups that are standing up for public schools. Submit names of those who support your district. Also, plan to attend the Business/Education Forum on April 28.
Make plans to attend the TASA/TASB Legislative Conference set for March 25 at the JW Marriott Austin Hotel. The conference is free, but preregistration is required.
Entries for TASB’s video contest are ready for viewing. See why Texas students are saying “Texas Public Schools Rock!”
School board candidates can learn more about the work of a trustee in a free webinar set for February 23 and repeated March 26. Preregistration is required.
February 16 is the deadline for the February 19-20 Administrative Professionals Conference at TASB offices.
A new article, “Social Media Guidelines for School Board Members”, offers practical tips for avoiding legal and ethical problems in the use of online communications about school district matters.
Housing is open for the Winter Governance and Legal Seminar in Corpus Christi March 5-7. Board members can earn up to 14 hours of training credit. Registration opens January 28.
This year’s Member Survey focuses on what is critical for members and how TASB can continue to provide the best possible service. Please share your thoughts about the Association by January 30.
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Register Now for 2015 Legislative Conference
The 2015 TASA/TASB Legislative Conference is scheduled for March 25, 2015 at the J.W. Marriott Austin Hotel. This event provides trustees and administrators with an opportunity to learn about important issues being considered by state legislators and advocate on behalf of their local districts. Learn more and register today.
Updated Transparency Document
Texas public schools are on the leading edge of the movement to make government more transparent. Public Schools and Transparency (pdf) includes detailed analysis on the statutory requirements outlining the many ways that our schools must share information with the public.
March 27, 2015: Spanish editable text is now available for the 2015–16 TASB Model Student Handbook.
March 12, 2015: 2015–16 TASB Model Student Handbook
March 10, 2015: Preview Update 102
February 27, 2015: Legal Tips includes EIC(LOCAL), Class Ranking: Weighted Grade System
More news from Policy Service...
No update to federal poster planned: A new rule that prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination of federal contractors won't result in an update our federal worksite poster because school districts aren't federal contractors. 3/26/15
Experience matters: New studies indicate that the average teacher's ability to boost student achievement increases for the first decade of his or her career. 3/26/15
Misclassification crack-down urged: Texas worker's rights groups are urging lawmakers to crack down on employers that intentionally misclassify workers as independent contractors. 3/26/15
Sub shortages common: If your district is having trouble finding subs, you're not alone. A robust economy with higher employment has made subs harder to find nationwide. 3/26/15
Recognize businesses that stand up for your schools.
Registration for the Business/Education Forum is now open.
Watch this year's outstanding videos by students in elementary, middle, and high school.
March 27, 2015
Apr. 1 Advocacy Agenda Resolutions
Call for resolutions begins
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May 1 Leadership TASB
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May 15 Superintendent of the Year
Deadline for nominations to education service centers
With the 84th Texas legislative session under way, lawmakers are turning their attention to several education issues, including funding student enrollment growth, increasing support for student transportation, and requiring training to support school counselors. Read about this and more in the February/March 2015 Texas Lone Star.
Brenham ISD Names Lone Finalist
On March 25, the Brenham ISD Board of Trustees named Walter Jackson as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent. Jackson currently serves as area superintendent in Alief ISD.
Further details can be found on the ESS Website.
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