Winter Governance preregistration ends Friday
Friday, February 20, is the last day to preregister for the 2015 Winter Governance and Legal Seminar. The conference is set for March 5–7 at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel and American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. This year’s program offers a variety of training topics. Choose from more than 50 sessions, and earn up to 14 hours of training credit.
Getting ready for May elections
Election deadlines are quickly approaching. For districts preparing for the May 9 elections, February 27 is the deadline for ordering a general election, for candidate filing, and for declaration of write-in candidacy. TASB Legal Services has prepared a memo
addressing all of the key deadlines and requirements, as well as joint elections, cancellation of elections, post-election issues, and more. Additional election-related resources are available in TASB School Law eSource under Governance>Elections
Business/Education Forum registration opens March 2
A special gathering is planned for April 28 in Austin to provide a forum for business and community leaders to join with education leaders to discuss the most effective approaches to partnering for student success. The forum is a follow-up to last spring’s successful Pro-Public Schools Summit.
Legislative Conference set for March 25
With the legislative session in full swing, school district leaders are encouraged to ramp up their advocacy efforts. Get started at the 2015 Legislative Conference March 25 at the JW Marriott Austin Hotel. Hosted by TASB and the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the conference is free for TASA and TASB members; however, preregistration is required.
Texas Public Schools Rock!
More than 120 campuses shared why their schools rock in TASB's Student Video Contest. Check out all of the 2014–15 entries on the Texas Public Schools Rock! web page
, and share the link with others. Help spread the word about what makes Texas schools exceptional! A special Class Favorite voting opportunity will take place March 1–7; watch your favorite video during this week to cast your vote. The first- and second-place winners for elementary, middle, and high school and the Class Favorite will be announced in March.
Recognize businesses standing up for Texas schools
In almost every Texas district, businesses and other community organizations are going out of their way to support public schools and students. More than 250 businesses have been submitted for TASB's "Standing Up for Public Education" recognition program. Join the growing list, and submit the names of businesses and organizations your district would like to recognize.
February 27 deadline for Texas breakfast tickets
Texas trustees attending the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference are invited to join TASB for a complimentary breakfast. The Texas breakfasts will be held Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, 7–8:30 a.m., at the Omni Nashville Hotel.
Board service: Resources for candidates
What are the duties of a school board member? What is it like to be on a board? School board candidates have lots of questions, and TASB has resources—webinars, online training, and guides—to help them learn about the job of a board member. Encourage school board candidates in your district to review the Resources for Board Candidates on tasb.org
Registration kicks off for Fund Members’ Conference
Explore emerging topics facing Texas educational entities at the TASB Risk Management Fund's Members' Conference March 29–31 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin. Titled Tomorrow Starts Today: Managing Risks into the Future, the 2015 conference offers thought-provoking education sessions, energizing speakers, and networking opportunities.
New legal postings on advertising and firearms
A new posting in TASB’s School Law eSource provides basic guidelines on fundraising through advertising on district property and to the district community. "Advertising in Public Schools"
is posted in the Community>Community Relations section
. The "Firearms on School District Property" memo
has been updated. Located on the Business>Safety and Emergency Management page
, the article answers numerous questions about emergency operations, security personnel, restrictions on possession of firearms on campus, and related liability issues.
Convention call for programs begins
Planning for the 2015 TASA/TASB Convention is under way. This year's focus is providing attendees with speakers who inspire, learning that empowers, and conversations that engage. District leaders are invited to submit a program focusing on an array of topics addressing school leadership and management for school board members and administrators. Deadline for submissions is April 3. More information and the application can be found at tasa.tasb.org
Loss Prevention Grants program expanded
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Loss Prevention Grants. Awarded annually, the TASB Risk Management Fund's grant program provides an opportunity for members to reduce loss exposures and risks to staff, auto, property, and other resources. This year, the program has been changed to include more members and provide larger awards.
Share the truth about Texas schools
The truth about board service, school performance, and the progress of Texas schools—these are just a few of the recent posts on truthaboutschools.org
. Check the site often for new posts, or follow it on Twitter, twitter.com/truthabtschools
, and on Facebook, facebook.com/truthaboutschools
. More importantly, share the site with others—friends, neighbors, coworkers, reporters—so we can spread the truth about Texas schools. If you have questions or information about schools to share, e-mail email@example.com
How the oil boom is affecting schools
The oil and gas industry in Texas continues to see positive returns; however, it's a very different picture for Texas schools. The boom has brought a host of challenges for school districts and for HR administrators looking to attract and retain employees. Learn more about the impacts in the February issue of HR Exchange
Nominate your local reporters for Media Honor Roll
It’s time to recognize reporters for their fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools in TASB's 2015 Media Honor Roll
. The annual program honors local representatives in print, radio, television, and online media. Deadline for nominations is April 1. Program details are available online
Mark your calendar for spring workshops
TASB's annual spring training workshops kick off March 26 in Wichita Falls. Offered at locations throughout Texas, the training is offered in conjunction with education service centers, state colleges and universities, and area school board associations. Session topics are selected by area school board members. This year's schedule runs March 26–May 27. To find a location near you, visit the Spring Workshops web page
Board and district finalists for Excellence in Education awards
Eight school districts and five early childhood facilities have been selected as finalists for H-E-B’s 2015 Excellence in Education Awards program. For the second year in a row, H-E-B also is recognizing five public school boards to highlight the importance of strong leadership at the board level.
Clifton ISD teacher wins Milken award
Samatha Morgan, a fifth-grade English language arts and reading teacher at Clifton Elementary School (Clifton ISD), has been named a 2014–15 Milken Educator Award winner. The Milken Award, which comes with a cash prize of $25,000, recognizes exemplary educators who are furthering excellence in education. Morgan is the only Texas teacher receiving the national award this year.
Texas schools nominated for Blue Ribbon honors
Twenty-six Texas schools
are nominees for the 2015 Blue Ribbon Schools award. Presented annually, Blue Ribbon Schools is a US Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels. The Texas nominees will complete a rigorous application process for the national award. Announcements of the winners will be made in September.
TASA accepting honor board nominations
The nominations process for the 2015 School Board Awards Program
is under way. Presented by the Texas Association of School Administrators, the awards recognize school boards whose dedication and ethical service have made a positive impact on the schoolchildren of Texas. District submissions are due to the regional education service centers by June 30. From the regional selections, five honor boards and one outstanding board will be named at the TASA/TASB Convention set for October in Austin.