Board Meetings 

Under Texas law, a school board can act only by a majority vote at a meeting held in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act. The following are resources related to conducting board meetings, including complying with the Texas Open Meetings Act, conducting open and closed meetings, and permitting public comment.

Open Meetings
Closed Meetings
Public Comment

Open Meetings

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies. Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on open meetings, see your district policy manual at the following codes:

 

BE Board Meetings
BEE News Coverage

 

TASB Resources

Other Resources

  • The Texas Attorney General's (AG) Open Meetings Act Handbook details the Texas Open Meetings Act (OMA) and related cases and attorney general opinions.
  • The AG's Open Government Training Information Website includes free OMA training videos and related information for governmental officials.
  • The Texas Department of Information Resources publishes the Video Conferencing Guidelines with which school boards must comply in order to meet by video conference. 
  • The Robert’s Rules of Order  Website includes answers to frequently asked questions about Robert’s Rules, a question and answer forum, and the author’s official interpretations of the rules.

Closed Meetings

Related Policies

For more information on closed meetings, see your district policy manual at the following code:

 

BEC Closed Meetings

 

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Closed Meeting Topics answers frequently asked questions about the closed meeting exceptions to the Texas Open Meetings Act (OMA).
  • TASB Legal Services' Closed Meeting Records answers frequently asked questions about who can access closed meeting records.
  • TASB Legal Services' Attendance at Closed Meetings answers frequently asked questions about who can attend closed sessions during a board meeting.
  • TASB Legal Services' Certified Agenda Sample gives Texas school boards a template for compliance with the OMA requirement that boards document closed meetings.
  • TASB Legal Services offers reference materials, available for sale in the TASB Store, that cover various aspects of the OMA, including Closed Meetings.

Other Resources

  • The Texas Attorney General's (AG) Open Meetings Act Handbook details the Texas Open Meetings Act (OMA) and related cases and attorney general opinions.

Public Comment

Related Policies

For more information on public comment, see your district policy manual at the following code:

 

BED  Public Participation

 

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Public Comment answers frequently asked questions about when and how boards can hear public comments from citizens during board meetings.

Other Resources

  • The Robert's Rules of Order Website includes answers to frequently asked questions about Robert's Rules, a question and answer forum, and the author's official interpretations of the rules.