Businesses and Education: Partnering for student success
Registration is under way for the Business/Education Forum planned for April 28 in Austin. This special event is an opportunity for business and community leaders to join education leaders to discuss the most effective approaches to partnering for student success.
Friday deadline to register for Legislative Conference
Find out what’s happening at the Capitol during 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.
Last call 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 Medial 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
TASB Risk Management Fund Members' Conference begins March 29
Explore emerging topics facing Texas educational entities at the TASB Risk Management Fund's 2015 Members' Conference. Set for March 29–31 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, the 2015 conference offers thought-provoking education sessions, energizing speakers, and networking opportunities. The event is free for all Fund members; deadline to register is March 25.
Spring workshops kick off next week
With the start of spring, it's time to grow and learn at the 2015 spring workshops. The first workshop is March 26 at ESC 9 in Wichita Falls. This year's training runs through May 27 at 16 locations throughout Texas. Spring workshops are a convenient way to earn continuing education credit and learn about hot topics in education.
Submit a program for Convention
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
Deadline approaching for Loss Prevention Grant
April 3 is the deadline to apply for the 2015 Loss Prevention Grant. Awarded annually, the TASB Risk Management Fund's grant program supports members as they reduce risks to their staff, vehicles, property, and other resources. This year, the program expanded eligibility to all members in the Fund’s pool programs and provides larger awards.
TASB Partners: Student panelists receive scholarships
Four high school seniors earned scholarships as part of the TASB Partners program. As winners, they also were featured in Student Voices: A Conversation about Education, a panel discussion held during the Winter Governance and Legal Seminar, March 5–7, in Corpus Christi. The law firm of Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Treviño, P.C. sponsored the panel as a project of the TASB Partners program, providing each student a $1,000 scholarship.
April seminar will focus on school law issues
TASB Legal Services is teaming up with Dallas County Schools and Strasburger & Price, LLP, to present a seminar focused on legal education in April. School Law 101: How Leaders Can Protect Their Students, Their Schools, and Themselves will offer a full day of informative sessions on April 17 at the Technology and Training Center in Dallas.
Save the date for 2015 Summer Leadership Institute
Housing opens April 1 and registration begins April 8 for the 2015 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI). TASB's annual training conference is scheduled June 11–13 in San Antonio and June 18–20 in Fort Worth. This year's Institute will feature the TASB Post-Legislative Conference the Wednesday evening before SLI: June 10 in San Antonio and June 17 in Fort Worth. Watch the SLI web page
for more details.
New legal resources
The annual budget and tax rate memos have been updated for 2015—one for traditional adoption districts
and another for early adoption districts
. The 2015 Tax Ratification Election Information memo
provides information and deadlines for ordering and holding a tax ratification election. The three tax memos are available in the Business section
of School Law eSource. Also now available is Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Teacher Planning Periods
; this new memo is available in the Personnel section
Follow the TASB tweeters
Keep up on education- and Association-related news on Twitter. TASB's main feed (@tasbnews
) includes news and reminders for TASB members, education stakeholders, and others interested in Texas public education. Follow TASB Governmental Relations (@tasbgr
) for state and federal legislative news that affects Texas public schools. TruthAboutSchools.com
) shares factual information about Texas schools. And finally, TASB Risk Management Fund members can follow @tasbrmf
for news, training updates, and more.
Honor an outstanding superintendent
Local school boards are invited to nominate their superintendents for TASB's 2015 Superintendent of the Year. The annual award recognizes Texas superintendents for achievement and excellence in school administration. Submissions are due to your designated regional education service center by May 15.
Texas teachers on '20 to Watch' technology leaders list
Two Texas educators were named to the 2014–15 "20 to Watch" list
compiled by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN). This year's list includes Aaron Marvel, instructional coach in Navasota ISD, and Donna Staten, elementary art teacher in Round Rock ISD. The honorees will be recognized at the TLN luncheon during NSBA's Annual Conference, March 21–23, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Majority of Texas schools receive Accredited status
Of 1,222 Texas school districts and charters, 95 percent received a status designation of Accredited
for the 2014–15 school year. Twenty school districts and 14 charter schools received Accredited-Warned, seven districts and two charter schools received Accredited-Probation, and three districts received Not Accredited-Revoked. The statuses of 15 charter schools are pending due to revocation hearings currently under way, ongoing Texas Education Agency (TEA) investigations, and/or pending litigation. The ratings for each school district and charter school are posted on the TEA Website
SBOE looking for student heroes
The State Board of Education (SBOE) now is accepting nominations for the inaugural Student Heroes Award, a new student recognition program approved by the board in February. The Student Heroes awards program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who do outstanding things to benefit their fellow students.