TASB's regional 2016 Grassroots Meetings will be held in each education service center region January 13-March 3, 2016. Registration is now open.

Explore how your district could gain some flexibility typically available to open-enrollment charter schools. See the TASB annual report for more details on districts of innovation.

Member Survey

TASB wants to hear from you. Use the annual member survey to share your thoughts on how the Association can best meet district needs now and in the future.

Conference for Administrative Professionals

The latest legal information on open government issues and elections and recent policy updates will be explored February 11-12 at TASB offices. Register now.

Thank You, Board Members!

January is a special time to show appreciation to trustees for their commitment to public education. See the Governor's Proclamation recognizing these dedicated men and women for their countless contributions to our local public schools.


The TASB Board of Directors and staff want to express our sincere wishes for a most joyous holiday season and bright and Happy New Year.

Districts of Innovation

Explore how your district could gain some flexibility typically available to open-enrollment charter schools. See the TASB annual report for more details on districts of innovation.

Superintendent Evaluations

Leadership Team Services has many useful resources to assist school boards as they prepare for the annual superintendent evaluations.

Superintendent Salary Results

Check out highlights of trends and changes in chief administrator pay and benefits in the recently released 2015-16 Superintendent Salary Survey conducted by HR Services.

Scholarship Opportunity

High school seniors are invited to be part of the student panel and scholarship program at the TASB Winter Governance and Legal Seminar February 25-27 in Corpus Christi.

Safety on School Property

Legal Services has updated its Legal E-Source document Firearms on School District Property. The document will help school districts comply with the new law on this topic.

Business Recognition Program

The TASB Business Recognition Program for this school year has begun. Help recognize businesses, civic organizations, and churches that stand up for public education.

Thanks, Board Members

Super-Heroes for Schools is the theme for School Board Recognition Month in January 2016. Kits were mailed to districts, and materials are posted on line to get you started.

Superintendent of the Year

Mary Ann Whiteker of Hudson ISD was selected as the 2015 Superintendent of the Year at the recent TASA/TASB Convention in Austin.

Begert New
TASB President

President Bret Begert of Fort Elliott CISD has assumed his role as TASB president. He will lead the Association in the coming year with the help of other officers and the TASB Board of Directors.

Millennial Meet-Up October 3

Board members born after 1980 are invited to the convention Meet-up Lounge October 3 from 7-8:30 a.m. to meet your peers, enjoy coffee and pastries, and share board experiences!

Texas Education Human Resources Day

October 14 has been declared by the governor as a day to honor HR professionals.  A sample board resolution and certificate are available to help recognize district staff.

Register Now for Convention

Early registration for the TASA/TASB Convention in Austin ends September 18. The October 2-4 event features inspiring keynote speakers and more than 200 breakouts.

Deadline for Delegate Assembly

The strength of the Association lies in its members. Every district is urged to have a local board member present at the Delegate Assembly, held in Austin October 3.

Calling All Administrative Professionals

Registration is open for the October 22-23 TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals at Association offices in Austin. Election rules, open government issues, policy updates, and other key topics are slated.

Finalists named

Five chief administrators have been selected as Superintendent of the Year state finalists. The winner will be announced October 3 at the TASA/TASB Convention in Austin.

New Attendance Rules

Changes in truancy provisions of the Education Code go into effect September 1. TASB Legal Services’ 2015-16 Principal's Guide to Truancy provides a good overview of HB 2398.

Legislative Summary

The Legislative Summary for TASB Members 2015 is available, highlighting major education issues addressed by the 84th Texas Legislature. Just check out the TASB Store.

Community Engagement

Use this image to help share your HB 5 community engagement rating for the school year. Districts have until August 8 to post this info on their websites.

Have a voice at Delegate Assembly

September 10 is the deadline for registering delegates and alternates for the 2015 TASB Delegate Assembly in Austin. Make sure your district is represented.

Celebrating Success

Celebrate the businesses and community partners that help make Texas public schools a success in the special edition of Texas Lone Star

Parent Resources

Districts are encouraged to link to a web site full of resources for parents with children entering school this fall. Use our artwork on your district site and link to this free resource.

Regional Winners Announced

Regional winners of TASB’s Superintendent of the Year award have been named. The annual program honors excellence in educational leadership.

Districts of Innovation
Looking for information about the Districts of Innovation outlined in HB1842?

TASB will be providing updates and guidance for you.
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Legislative News

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Develop TASB's Priorities at Grassroots

TASB Governmental Relations staff is currently facilitating grassroots meetings during which all local trustees are invited to help develop TASB's legislative agenda for the 2016-18 biennium. The revamped meetings are shorter, include ample time for discussion of pressing education issues, feature remarks from legislators, and provide more training credit than previously offered. Your input is vital to this process. Register for your local meeting today!

Policy Service News

January 13, 2016: Updated Policy Development Tips

January 13, 2016: Preview Update 104

December 1, 2015: Updated Policy Development Tips

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Legal Services News
  • TASB Legal Services' 2015-16 Principal's Guide to Truancy provides a snapshot overview of a comparison of truancy provisions in the Education Code as they exist currently and with changes made from House Bill 2398, passed by the 84th legislature.  The guide addresses truancy provisions as they will become effective on September 1, 2015.
  • TASB Legal Services' November 2015 Election Memo answers frequently asked questions about the November 2015 trustee elections, including joint elections, cancellation of elections, canvassing, and more.
  • TASB Legal Services' has assembled resources regarding the Affordable Care Act and Texas School Districts on the eSource page: Personnel—Compensation and Leaves of Absence.
  • Last month's most recently viewed eSource page:  Governance—Board Meetings.
HR Services News

We need your data: HR Services has just launched our 2015–16 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey covering more than 70 common extra-duty assignments in athletics, performing arts, and academics. Nov. 20 is the deadline to submit data. 10/29/15

Health care affordability: 
Teacher groups again called for the state to increase its share of the cost for educator health care. Employee premiums have doubled since 2003 while state contributions have stayed the same. 10/29/15

Just updated: TASB Legal Services has updated its Legal E-Source document Firearms on School District Property. The document will help school districts comply with the new law on this topic. 10/26/15

Back to school: Houston 'Education Entrepreneurship Program' is helping principals and teachers bring business savvy to the classroom. 10/22/15

2015 ACA forms finalized: The IRS has issued final Affordable Care Act forms and instructions10/8/15








Business Recognition

Stand Up for Texas Public SchoolsRecognize businesses that stand up for your schools.

See a report on the 2015 Business/Education Forum!

Fraud Alert
Texas Lone Star and more

Cover of January/February Issue 2016

For TASB members passionate about public education, the 2016 Regional Grassroots Meetings provide a prime opportunity for local member involvement and participation. Read all about it in the January/February 2016 Texas Lone Star.

Student Video

Watch this year's outstanding videos by students in elementary, middle, and high school.

TASB Governance, Delegate Assembly
Important Dates

Feb. 8 TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals
Registration deadline

Feb. 12 WGLS
Preregistration deadline

Executive Search Services

Cross Roads ISD Hires Executive Search Services

On January 28, the Cross Roads ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent.

Further details can be found on the ESS Website.

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