Important Dates


July 20 Superintendent Salary Survey
Survey opens

August 1 Exhibit of School Architecture
Project submissions due

Aug. 26 Delegate Assembly
Delegate and alternate preregistration deadline

Aug. 26 Superintendent Salary Survey
Deadline to participate

Aug. 26 TASA/TASB Convention
Housing deposits due

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

Regional winners announced for Superintendent of the Year

Sixteen superintendents won regional honors in TASB's 2016 Superintendent of the Year award program. The regional winners will advance to the state competition for this year's top honor, which will be presented at the TASA/TASB Convention in September.
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Two things your board needs to do this summer

Advocacy starts with you! And it starts with you standing up and being a voice at the TASB Delegate Assembly. As our schools continue to be challenged each legislative session, it is more and more important for local school board members to stand up for Texas public schools. To be a voice at this year's Assembly, your local board must take action on two items this summer. Read more.

Getting ready for November elections

It's time to prepare for November elections; deadlines are quickly approaching. July 23 is the first day to file for a place on the ballot, and August 22 is the deadline for ordering a general or special election and for candidate filing. TASB has a variety of resources to help districts get ready for the November 8 elections. Read more.

Note: New TASB phone extensions

TASB is upgrading the Association's phone system this summer. As a result, some TASB staff extensions will change. When calling, you may be redirected to a receptionist who will provide you with the new number. Of course, you can always call 800.580.8272, and our receptionists will help connect you to the right department. Keep watching tasb.org for more details on the upgrade.

Texas public schools: The best news you've never read

Texas public schools are doing great things, but these achievements are often overshadowed by the headlines of the day or by more "sensational" stories. The annual "Good News about Texas Public Schools" edition of Texas Lone Star magazine helps shine a light on the successes in our schools. And this year's issues is packed with some of the best news you might not have read. Read more.

Updates in School Law eSource

Revisions are complete on eight legal articles: "Cyberbullying: Can Your District Discipline for Online Behavior?", "Legal Issues Related to Transgender Students", "Transgender Students and Policy: Update on 2016 Federal Guidance", "OCR Basics for Board Members", "FAQ on Form 1295", "The Facts about FACTA and School Districts", "Training for School Employees", and "Employee and Student Legal Issues Related to the Holiday Season". All of these resources are available in the School Law eSource.

Reserve your spot at the 2016 TASA/TASB Convention

It's time to start making your plans for the 2016 TASA/TASB Convention. This year's conference is set for September 23–25 in Houston. Special preregistration pricing will be available through September 9, and housing deposits are due August 26. Read more.

More Texas districts submit innovation plans

Eight public school districts have submitted the local innovation plans that their boards have adopted to Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. This notification is the last step of the Districts of Innovation process; no approval from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is required. Read more.

Updated school finance course available in OLC

Learn about the complexities and challenges of the Texas public school finance system; check out the newly revised Foundations of Public School Finance course in TASB's Online Learning Center. Part of the Foundation Courses series, the training is designed for new board members and for experienced board members who want a refresher. The course examines how different states fund public education and delves into the structure of the system in Texas and what the future may hold. The online course costs $25 and offers 1.25 hours of continuing education credit.

Superintendent salary survey opens July 20

Watch your e-mail for the first in the 2016–17 TASB/TASA Salary Surveys. The annual surveys will kick off with the superintendent survey to be e-mailed July 20. 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, contact TASB HR Services, 800.580.7782.

Boost your web content and connect with parents

For parents with children entering Texas schools for the first time this fall, the next couple of months are going to be full of questions. MyTexasPublicSchool.org has the answers parents need. This free web resource, created by TASB, is a great opportunity for districts to help build strong relationships with the parents in their communities. Link to and share MyTexasPublicSchool.org. To make sharing the site easy, TASB has created web artwork (badges) in various sizes. Districts can place these images on their websites with a link to mytexaspublicschool.org.

Save the date for the administrative staff conference

The 2016-17 TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals is scheduled October 13–14 and repeats February 23–24, 2017. Participants can choose the dates that best fit their schedules. The popular training event covers board meeting management, legal requirements, policy issues, legislative developments, and other topics of interest. Registration details will be posted later this summer.

TASA announces regional nominees for Outstanding School Board

Fifteen Texas school district boards of trustees have been selected as regional nominees for the Texas Association of School Administrators' (TASA) 2016 School Board Awards. Established in 1971, the TASA School Board Awards Program recognizes the dedication and service of school boards that make a positive impact on the schoolchildren of Texas. Read more.

STAAR passing rates on the rise

After four years of seeing little change, the 2016 results for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) show that passing rates are improving for grades 3–8. Thirteen of the 17 assessments showed gains—some as much as nine percentage points—when compared to 2015 passing standards. Read more.

Schools invited to join Star-Spangled Banner Movement

The American Public Education Foundation invites Texas schools to participate in the 2016 Star-Spangled Banner Movement. On September 9, America's schoolchildren will sing the National Anthem in unison. This will be the third annual simultaneous sing-a-long event, which brings students together—as the world came together—after September 11, 2001. Read more.

H-E-B to fund career-themed schools in San Antonio

H-E-B and Charles Butt are providing $3.6 million in startup funds to create a network of industry-led, career-themed high schools, which H-E-B and other key employers plan to establish across San Antonio in partnership with local school districts. The first of its kind in Texas, the Centers for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) network hopes to prepare students for career fields where talent is in high demand. Read more.

TEA awards pre-K grants

More than $116 million in grants have been awarded to 578 school systems across Texas as part of the high-quality prekindergarten initiative passed by the 84th Texas Legislature. Funding will be used to implement pre-K programs in the 2016–17 school year. The program allows districts and charters to receive funding for qualifying prekindergarten students in addition to the half-day Foundation School Program funding. To learn more about the grant program (including a complete list of schools receiving funds), visit the TEA website.