2015 Delegate Assembly: Many voices, one vision
Be the voice for your district at the 2015 Delegate Assembly October 3 in Austin. The Assembly, held in conjunction with the TASA/TASB Convention, is the foundation of TASB's governance structure. As a delegate, you develop the vision for the Association. Your board must take action now to ensure your district's voice is represented.
TASB Board nominations due
June 30 is the deadline for school boards to nominate a local trustee for a position on the TASB Board of Directors. Serving on the TASB Board is an important leadership opportunity, providing a statewide perspective. The forms and instructions are available online
. The endorsement process runs July 3–August 31; during this time, local boards may endorse the candidacy of a nominated individual from another board in their region.
Last call for Business Recognition Program
More than 680 businesses and organizations have been submitted for TASB's Business Recognition Program. The deadline is fast approaching to add your district's supporters to this year’s list. June 30 is the 2014–15 submission deadline.
Have you updated your board contacts?
If your district recently held elections, TASB needs your updated board contact information. Superintendent secretaries should update district data through their myTASB
accounts under the Member Profile menu option. Board members also can access and update their contact information through myTASB
. Click the "Contact Us" link on the myTASB login page
if you don't have an account or don't remember your user ID or password.
Develop your leadership skills
Are you ready to take your leadership skills to a new level? Apply for the 2015–16 Leadership TASB (LTASB) class. The specialized leadership development program helps trustees build relationships with colleagues from around the state while discovering solutions for today’s public education issues and learning how to address future challenges.
President's article asks 'Why not support public schools?'
What state leaders are saying about public schools just doesn't add up, according to Andra Self, TASB president and Lufkin ISD school board member. In a recent article
, Self looks at the questions many Texans are asking about the state's schools. Self writes: "Some lawmakers are working hard to support public schools, and we deeply appreciate that. Others, however, are denigrating public schools with statements not based on facts or needs. As we move forward, it's critical that all Texas lawmakers work together to stand up for Texas public schools." The article has appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
, the Houston Chronicle
, and several other publications.
Boost your web content!
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.
Legal update: Conflicts of Interest
Did you know that substitute teachers are not subject to nepotism laws? This and more questions are addressed in the recently updated legal article, "Conflicts of Interest: Nepotism
." The memo reviews the statutory prohibitions on nepotism that affect board members as public officials. The resource is available in School Law eSource on the Personnel>Employment Requirements page
Time to register for the TASA/TASB Convention
Start making your plans for the 2015 TASA/TASB Convention, October 2–4, in Austin. Registration and housing are open! Special preregistration pricing is available through September 18; housing deposits are due August 26.
Remember to check the mail this summer
The school year is over, and many school districts are getting ready for a summer break. The TASB Risk Management Fund reminds members to check the mail. State agencies often send out time-sensitive notices and forms that require action from districts. Waiting to respond may result in penalties or the waiving of important rights. Districts are advised to assign someone to check mail on a regular basis.
Local media named to 2015 Honor Roll
Texas school districts answered the call for the 2015 Media Honor Roll
, submitting more than 350 newspapers, radio and television stations, and online publications for recognition. Presented annually, the program recognizes media representatives for their efforts to get to know their local school districts, superintendents, and board presidents; report school news in a fair, accurate, and balanced manner; give a high profile to positive news about schools; visit area schools; and maintain a policy of no surprises by sharing information with school officials.
SBOE honors school-aged heroes
Sixteen Texas public school students are the State Board of Education's 2015 Student Heroes. This inaugural group from all grade levels is being recognized for such unselfish acts as raising funds for sick children, gathering donations for low-income students, offering peer tutoring, and just being a friend to a child in need.
Superintendent receives top TESA award
Marla M. Guerra, superintendent of schools for South Texas ISD, has been named Administrator of the Year by the Texas Educational Support Staff Association, Inc. (TESA)
. The Rio Grande Valley Educational Support Staff Association chapter nominated Guerra for the honor, recognizing her leadership in South Texas education and her endless support of educational office personnel through her affiliation with the group and involvement in its activities. TESA will present Guerra with her award on June 19 as part of the 2015 TESA Summer Work Conference in Austin.
Most students pass end-of-course exams on first try
The first try for most high school students taking the five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course exams was a successful one, according to preliminary statewide results released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). After the spring administration of the tests, 92 percent of students in the Class of 2015 had successfully completed the required exams.
TEA's tax survey now open
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has begun the 2015 Tax Information Survey
. Completing the survey is important because it allows TEA to use the most accurate tax collections data possible when calculating the 2014–15 near-final Summary of Finances estimates in September. The survey closes at midnight on August 31. If your district does not submit the survey by the deadline, your district's state funding could be adversely affected.