It's Show Time

Entries for TASB’s video contest are ready for viewing. See why Texas students are saying “Texas Public Schools Rock!”

Getting on Board

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.

Administrative Professionals Training

February 16 is the deadline for the February 19-20 Administrative Professionals Conference at TASB offices.

New Legal
Resources Available

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.

Winter Training

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.

TASB Member
Survey: 2015

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.

Student Video Contest

Entries now are being accepted for the 2014-15 Student Video Contest. In a 30-second to two-minute video, students can tell us why their school rocks and win cash prizes.

School Board Recognition

This month is dedicated to more than 7,300 men and women who serve on local school boards. Say thanks to these individuals for their commitment to our students’ success.

TASB buildings will open at 10am due to inclement weather. Please contact us by phone or email until that time.

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Legislative News

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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.

Policy Service News

January 21, 2015: Update 48 to the Regulations Resource Manual

December 11, 2014: Update 101 to the Policy Reference Manual

November 14, 2014: Vantage Points: A Board Member's Guide to Update 101

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Legal Services News
HR Services News

Teacher pay: A new report from the Center for American Progress focuses on how 10 districts have taken on the challenge of changing their pay systems2/18/15 

Evaluation impasse: 
Texas and the Department of Education remain at odds over educator evaluation requirements. 2/18/15

Measles outbreak: Coverage of the spread of the disease has focused on its spread among students, but states often don't have rules or records of teacher vaccinations2/18/15

Abbott's priority items: Early childhood education made Gov. Greg Abbott's list of items he wants put on the legislative fast track. 2/18/15

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

 

Important Dates

Feb. 27 Texas Breakfasts at NSBA
Deadline to reserve tickets

Mar. 6 National School Boards Association Annual Conference
Regular registration deadline

Mar. 13 TASB Risk Management Fund Members' Conference
Housing deadline

Mar. 20 TASA/TASB Legislative Conference
Registration deadline

Mar. 25 TASB Risk Management Fund Members' Conference
Registration deadline

Apr. 1 Advocacy Agenda Resolutions
Call for resolutions begins

Apr. 1 Media Honor Roll
Nomination deadline

Apr. 3 TASB Risk Management Fund Loss Prevention Grant
Application deadline

Texas Lone Star and More

Cover of February-March 2015 issue featuring "Capitol Ideas" - Lawmakers eye education Legislation

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.

 

Executive Search Services

Taft ISD Hires Executive Search Services

On February 23, the Taft 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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