TASB Legal Services’ November 2016 Election Memo provides answers on trustee elections, cancellation of elections, canvassing, and more.

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And the Survey Says

Participate now in the 2016–17 Superintendent Salary Survey from TASB HR Services. Each year, the results are a valuable tool for districts across the state.

Convention Keynotes

More than 400 reporters and news organizations have been named to the 2016 Media Honor Roll for fair and balanced coverage of public education. 

Convention Keynotes

The Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath kicks off the TASA/TASB Convention in Houston. Other keynote speakers include Simon Bailey and Richard Gerver.

A Look at Superintendents

Help spread the word about a free resource for parents new to public schools. Use the web artwork to provide a direct link  from your district home page. 

A Look at Superintendents

Sixteen superintendents have been selected as regional winners of the Superintendent of the Year award. The annual program honors excellence in educational leadership.

A Look at Superintendents

The gender differential among Texas superintendents is explored in the current issue of HR Exchange. Findings are based on a recent analysis by TASB HR Services.

TASA/TASB Convention

Check out School Law eSource, a free collection of online resources for school leaders and district staff. A wealth of updates and new materials was recently posted.

TASA/TASB Convention

Housing and registration are open for the 2016 TASA/TASB Convention, September 23–25 in Houston. Special preregistra-
tion pricing is available through September 9.

July 1 is the deadline to submit resolutions that will guide TASB’s response on legislative and regulatory issues affecting our public schools. Be sure your district is heard.

TASB Legal Services has prepared a new article about the impact of written guidance from the US Departments of Education and Justice on the rights of transgender students and local policy.

Business Recognition Program

Close out the school year with a big thank you to every business and organization that has supported your students’ success. Deadline is June 30.

Summer Leadership Institute

Registration deadlines are June 3 for San Antonio and June 17 for Fort Worth.
Don't miss out on this excellent training opportunity.

SOTY 2016

Apply today for Leadership TASB, an issues-awareness study program that focuses on finding solutions to public educations’ major challenges.

Welcome New Board Members!

Congratulations new trustees. Check out the
Summer Leadership Institute for upcoming training and online resources to get you jump started.

Innovation in Action

Winners of the TASB
Risk Management Fund Innovation Awards recently were honored at the Fund’s annual conference in Austin.

Tax Ratification Elections

TASB Legal Services has produced its annual memorandum with step-by-step information about conducting a tax ratification election this year.

SOTY 2016

Nominations for the 2016 Superintendent of the Year award are due May 16 at the regional education service centers. Honor your chief administrator for a job well done.

Last Call for Members' Conference

Register now for the Risk Management Fund Members’ Conference April 24–26 at the Hyatt Regency Austin. There is no registration fee for members of any Fund program.

Summer Leadership Institute

Housing and registration are open for the Summer Leadership Institute. TASB’s popular training conference is set in San Antonio
June 16–18 and in Fort Worth June 30–July 2.

Spring Workshops

An official sign of spring are the training workshops held each year. Sessions will be offered April 6—May 25 at locations all over the state.

Legal Resources

An updated version of the Overview of the Texas School Finance System recently was added to School Law eSource. Legal Services offers a wealth of online resources for all TASB members.

Business/Education Forums

Register now and join community and education leaders to discuss the most effective approaches to partnering for student success.

April 20 • Houston area

May 5 • San Antonio area

2016 Loss Prevention Grants

Members of the TASB Risk Management Fund’s grant-eligible programs have until April 1 to apply for this year’s loss prevention grants. The application and program criteria are available online.

Recognize Your Superintendent

Entry forms for the Superintendent of the Year program were mailed to board presidents, and all materials can be found online. Honor your chief administrator for a job well done.

Media Honor Roll

Take time to thank print, television, radio and online reporters for fair and balanced news about our public schools. The annual Media Honor Roll is open for submissions.

Preparing to Serve

Resources are available for districts to share with prospective candidates for the local school board. Free online workshops also are offered February 22 and March 24.

Business Recognition Program

Let TASB help you thank local businesses that support your district. Just send us names, and we will provide attractive presentation materials at no cost to your district.

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.

Happy
Holidays

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.

TASB Offices Delayed Opening

Due to the heavy rains in the Austin area, TASB offices will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 18. Members can still access our services by phone and online.

Districts of Innovation
Want to learn more about the benefits and steps to become a Districts of Innovation?

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Legislative News

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Share Your District's Advocacy Needs

TASB is calling upon school districts to submit resolutions for inclusion in its 2016-18 Advocacy Agenda now through July 1, 2016. Advocacy Agenda resolutions help guide TASB's advocacy efforts during the legislative session and beyond. Learn more and download the submission form.

Policy Service News

August 24, 2016
Update 52 to the Regulations Resource Manual

August 17, 2016
Update 106 to the Policy Reference Manual

August 15, 2016
New video tutorials: Regulations Resource Manual and Editing Policy Documents

August 2, 2016
Wellness Policy and Policy Plan Policy Alert

July 15, 2016
Update 105 to the Policy Reference Manual

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Q&A: ESSA parent notification requirements
Are districts still required to send parents notices regarding teacher qualifications? We answer and explain in great detail for this month's Q&A!

Family roles, lack of mentorship among reasons behind female superintendent imbalance
In the summer edition of the HR Exchange, TASB HR Services published a report identifying trends among male and female superintendents. This follow-up goes into more detail on why the gap exists.

Be aware of recent EEOC compliance regulations for employer wellness plans
As employer wellness programs have grown in numbers and sophistication, the EEOC has developed guidance on how these programs should comply with the ADA rule. Here are highlights of the requirements that your wellness program needs to follow.

TASB Governance, Delegate Assembly
Advocacy starts with you!
Plan to be an active voice at the 2016 Delegate Assembly scheduled for September 24 in Houston. August 26 is the deadline to preregister your delegate and receive materials by mail. On-site registration also will be available.
Business Recognition

Stand Up for Texas Public SchoolsRecognize businesses that stand up for your schools. Submission deadline for the 2015-16 school year is July 31, 2016.

Register for an upcoming Business/Education Forum.

Fraud Alert
Texas Lone Star and more
Texas Lone Star Magazine cover August 2016 : Where from Here?The Texas Supreme Court’s May 13 ruling that the state’s public school finance system is constitutional carries huge implications for Texas public education. Read about it—and much more—in the August 2016 edition of Texas Lone Star.

 
Student Video

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

 
Important Dates

Aug. 29 TASB Board of Directors
Candidate endorsements for TASB Board due

Sept. 1 District Personnel Salary Survey
Survey opens

Sept. 9 TASA/TASB Convention
Preregistration deadline

Sept. 9 Advocacy Institute
Deadline to apply for stipend

Executive Search Services

Edgewood ISD Hires Escecutive Search Services

On August 10, the Edgwood 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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