Be your district's voice at TASB Delegate Assembly
The deadline is approaching to register your board's representative for the 2015 TASB Delegate Assembly. This year's Assembly is set for October 3 in Austin. Registration deadline for delegates and alternates is September 10; your board must take action now to ensure your district's voice is heard.
Final call for Board candidate endorsements
Candidate endorsements for the TASB Board of Directors are due by the end of August. Local board action is required to endorse a nominated individual from another board in their region. The list of nominees and the endorsement form are available online
. Completed forms must be received in the TASB office on or before August 31.
Finalists named for Superintendent of the Year
Five public school administrators from across Texas were selected as state finalists for the annual Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award sponsored by TASB. Since 1984, the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership.
Legislative summary now available
The Legislative Summary for TASB Members 2015
is now ready. Produced by TASB's Legal Services and Governmental Relations, the magazine-format publication is tailored especially for school board members, covering key legislation affecting public schools.
Trustees invited to apply for Advocacy Institute stipend
Stipend applications are being accepted for the 2016 Advocacy Institute. The conference, set for January 24–26, 2016, in Washington, DC, is the only national legislative event exclusively for school trustees. TASB's goal is to have a representative from each Texas congressional district at the conference.
Annual superintendent salary survey under way
Responses for the 2015–16 TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey
are due August 28. Superintendents and HR Services program contacts are invited to complete the questionnaire
. The district personnel salary survey will open in early September, and the extra-duty stipend survey will begin in late October. For more information about the salary surveys, contact TASB HR Services
New requirements for 'handguns prohibited' signs
Effective January 1, 2016, HB 910 of the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature requires districts that want to pursue trespass charges specifically relating to openly carried handguns to post notice "in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public at each entrance to the property."
Learning the facts about public schools
In a recent article, Andra Self, TASB president and Lufkin ISD school board member, urges Texans to find the facts and take a serious look at schools. Self writes: "…if you are searching for outstanding schools, you may find that they are closer than you expect! In fact, there is a good chance that the Texas public school just down the street may outshine all the other options once you have the facts." The article is posted on truthaboutschools.org
. Also on the site is State Board of Education Vice-Chair Thomas Ratliff's open letter
data released by the Texas Education Agency. Ratliff concludes that Texas public schools outperform charters schools.
Reserve your spot at the 2015 TASA/TASB Convention
Training, exhibitors, field trips, and more! The 2015 TASA/TASB Convention is shaping up to be an event school trustees and district administrators won't want to miss. This year's conference is set for October 2–4 in Austin. Registration and housing deadlines are fast approaching.
New guide on truancy laws
House Bill 2398, which becomes effective September 1, 2015, made numerous sweeping changes to the truancy laws. Check out the "2015–16 Principal's Guide to Truancy"
for a snapshot overview of what you need to know about the changes. The guide, from TASB Legal Services, highlights the differences in the relevant truancy provisions found in the Texas Education Code.
Share your community engagement rating online
TASB's Engage service has developed online badges
your district can use to easily share your community and student engagement rating. The colorful badges are available in three different sizes for the following ratings: exemplary, recognized, and acceptable. Choose the size that best fits your district’s website, and copy the code in the box under the badge to add it to the site.
Symposium on educator effectiveness to be held in October
Learn how to transform your district through an improved Human Capital Management System (HCMS). A special symposium, Optimizing Educator Effectiveness: A Multifaceted Approach, will highlight the work of Texas school districts that are actively working to find better ways to develop, evaluate, utilize, and reward talented educators. The event is set for October 27–28 at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos.
Administrative staff conference registration to open soon
Mark your calendars! The 2015–16 TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals is scheduled October 22–23 and repeats February 11–12, 2016. Choose the dates that best fit your schedule. The popular training event for administrative assistants and superintendent secretaries covers board meeting management, legal requirements, policy issues, legislative developments, and other topics of interest. Registration will open at the end of August. Watch the conference page on tasb.org
for more details.
Date set for annual HR Academy
The 2015 Texas School HR Administrators Academy is set for November 9–10 at the Austin Marriott North. The training, cosponsored by TASB and the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators, covers the resource functions and critical issues every human resources administrator encounters, helping him or her meet the challenges of a career in HR.
Regional Outstanding School Board winners announced
Sixteen Texas school district boards of trustees have been selected as regional nominees for the Texas Association of School Administrators' (TASA) 2015 School Board Awards. The award program recognizes the dedication and service of school boards that make a positive impact on the schoolchildren of Texas.
Aycock named 2015 TSPRA Key Communicator
Jimmie Don Aycock, former Texas state representative and chair of the House Public Education Committee, has been named the Texas School Public Relations Association's (TSPRA) 2015 Key Communicator. Aycock receives the award in recognition of his decade's worth of work in the legislature to improve and defend the Texas public education system. The award will be presented at the 2015 TASA/TASB Annual Convention, October 2–4, in Austin.
Class of 2014 graduation rate sets new mark
The graduation rate for Texas high school students reached a new high in 2014
. Out of 333,286 students in the Class of 2014, 88.3 percent graduated within four years, an increase of 0.3 points from 2013. This marks the seventh consecutive year the overall rate has increased. The report also noted another year of ongoing improvement in the graduation rates for African-American (84.2 percent) and Hispanic (85.5 percent) students. Check out the complete Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2013-14 report
Texas educators win state teaching excellence awards
Jessica Caviness (Coppell ISD) and Michalle McCallister (Fort Sam Houston ISD) have been named the Texas winners of the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The awards are the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States.
September 1 deadline for 'Bragging Rights' nominations
Texas School Business
) magazine is looking for 12 districts to feature in its ninth annual Bragging Rights issue. This special edition highlights successful programs in Texas public schools that showcase innovative thinking, passion, determination, and strong leadership. The deadline to nominate a program is September 1 at 5 p.m. Details and the online nomination form are available on the TSB Website
Snapshot 2014 posted online
With more than 8,500 campuses, Texas schools are responsible for the education of 5,135,880 students, according to Snapshot 2014
. Recently published by the Texas Education Agency, the snapshot offers profile information about each Texas school district and charter, as well as statewide statistics. The profiles are available online
with options to download detail and summary table data.