2015 SLI: Post-Legislative update, training, and more!
Deadlines are fast approaching, and now is the time to reserve your spot at the 2015 Summer Leadership Institute. The conference is scheduled June 11–13 in San Antonio and June 18–20 in Fort Worth. To help you save time and travel costs, this year's Institute also features the TASB Post-Legislative Conference.
News from the legislative session
In case you missed some of the happenings during the legislative session, here’s a quick recap of a few of the highlights. Business leaders, school trustees, and school administrators gathered May 6 to urge lawmakers to support additional funding for public schools.
Business and education leaders gather to share ideas
TASB's first business engagement event was hosted April 28 in Austin. More than 100 attendees, who were about half district representatives and half business/community representatives, participated in a day of conversations about school-business collaborations. Four presentations anchored the event's program describing collaborative projects in Denton, Cypress-Fairbanks, Bastrop, and Bexar County school districts. Check the Business/Education Forum page
for more on the event.
TASB Board nomination process under way
June 30 is the deadline for school boards to nominate a local trustee for a position on the TASB Board of Directors. District superintendents and board presidents received official notification in early May of TASB Board vacancies or expiring terms for their regions. 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.
Recognize your district's supporters
The list of businesses and community groups that are standing up for Texas public schools is growing. There is still time to add your district's supporters to this year's list. Deadline is June 30 to submit businesses for TASB's 2014–15 business recognition program.
What your board needs to do after elections
Elections are complete, and many local school boards are welcoming new trustees. It's a time of transition for school boards as they elect new officers, orient new trustees, and get back to district business. Here are some resources to help your board make the process productive.
Is your membership info up to date?
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 "Request Access" link on the myTASB login page if you don't have an account or don't remember your user ID or password.
Student architects offer innovative CTE concepts
Texas high school students were asked: How would you design a career and technical education classroom? Their creative responses provided fierce competition in this year's Claycomb Student Architecture Contest. For the past week, TASB Partners representatives have been on the road surprising the winners. Students from Humble, Northwest, Round Rock, and Spring ISDs captured the top honors.
Submit a resolution for TASB’s Advocacy Agenda
Districts are invited to submit new or revised resolutions
for the TASB Advocacy Agenda. Resolutions help form TASB's responses to issues during the legislative biennium. Trustees should review the current Advocacy Agenda
for examples and to avoid duplicating current resolutions. Deadline for submissions is July 1.
TASB membership renewals at 100 percent
The official tally is in! For the 26th consecutive year, TASB is proud to call all 1,029 Texas school districts and 20 education service centers members of the Association. Again this year, all 50 community colleges also have renewed their membership. Thank you for your commitment to the Association. Your combined voice creates a powerful force for improving Texas public education.
Calling all leaders!
Applications are being accepted for the 2015–16 Leadership TASB class. School trustees interested in taking their leadership skills to a new level are invited to apply. 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.
Be the voice for your district at Delegate Assembly
School board trustees will gather October 3 in Austin to chart TASB's future at the 2015 Delegate Assembly. Local boards must take action this summer to prepare for the meeting and ensure their voice is represented.
Updated legal resources
Updates have been completed on two legal memos. "Personnel Issues during School Closings
" answers frequently asked questions about compensating employees during school closings, and "Same-Sex Marriage and School District Employees
" addresses state and federal laws regarding same-sex marriage on employee benefits. Both documents are available in the Personnel section of School Law eSource
TASB Risk Management Fund: Recap of the 2015 Members' Conference
Nearly 500 attendees gathered March 29–31 in Austin for the TASB Risk Management Fund's annual Members' Conference. The conference theme, "Tomorrow Starts Today: Managing Risks into the Future," focused on emerging topics in risk management.
Submit entries for school architecture exhibit
Are you proud of your district's newly built or renovated facility? Did this project bring the community together to advance public education in your area? Share it with the entire state by participating in the TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture. The deadline for exhibit contracts and program fees is June 1, with project applications, documentation, and presentations due June 29. Visit tasa.tasb.org
to learn about the exciting changes designed to recognize all Texas school architecture projects.
BuyBoard Website improved
BuyBoard's website, buyboard.com
, has a new look and broadened features to assist current and future members. The refreshed site offers distinct sections for Texas and National Cooperative members and vendors so they can access the information and resources they need more efficiently. BuyBoard provides savings and efficiency in the purchasing process for school districts and governmental entities across Texas and in 11 other states.
Fund members receive Loss Prevention Grant
New efforts to reduce loss exposures will soon be in place in school districts and education entities across the state. The TASB Risk Management Fund's 2015 Loss Prevention Grant program
has awarded $700,000 to 180 Fund members. The grants will help reduce the potential for property losses and on-the-job injuries, improve emergency management operations, and raise awareness of safety issues. Since 1998, the Fund has distributed 2,823 grants of more than $7.41 million to members.
Texas educator named National Teacher of the Year
Shanna Peeples, the 2015 Texas Teacher of the Year, has been named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. The official announcement
was made April 27 on "CBS This Morning." An English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo ISD, she is the first educator from Texas to earn the national honor since 1957 and was formally recognized by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony on April 29.
Deadline approaching for School Board Awards Program
The nominations process for the 2015 School Board Awards Program
is in progress. 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. 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.
Winners named in Excellence in Education Awards
H-E-B announced the statewide winners of the 14th annual Excellence in Education Awards during a banquet held May 3 at Austin's JW Marriott Hotel. At the ceremony, H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt handed out $430,000 in cash awards and grants and congratulated eight educators, two school districts, one early childhood agency, and a public school board for being among the best in Texas.
Applications due June 10 for 2016 teacher award
School districts are invited to highlight their best educators in the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year awards program. Participating school districts and open-enrollment charter schools may nominate two teachers—one elementary and one secondary educator—to their regional education service centers. Nominations are due to the regional ESCs by 5 p.m. on June 10. Complete details on the nomination process and the application are posted on the TASA Website
More Texas students taking AP exams
The number of Texas graduates taking at least one Advanced Placement Program® (AP) exam during high school continues to grow, according to figures from the College Board. For the Class of 2014, 39.1 percent of Texas students took exams, surpassing the national average of 35.7 percent.
Campuses named Title I Reward Schools
More than 400 Title I schools
across Texas have been rated high performing and/or high progress for 2014–15. Title I schools are defined as campuses with a student population of at least 40 percent coming from low-income families. According to the Texas Education Agency, 192 campuses are high-performing reward schools based on reading and math performance and graduation rates, and 218 campuses are high-progress reward schools that are in the top 25 percent in annual improvement or in the top 25 percent of those demonstrating ability to close performance gaps.
Nominate businesses that support volunteering in schools
The State Board of Education is accepting applications for the 2015 Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Award
. Texas employers who encourage and support employee participation in school activities may be nominated. Any Texas employer is eligible to win the award, including private companies; nonprofit organizations; and state, local, federal, and educational entities. Applications
are due June 26.
Upcoming deadlines for engagement ratings
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has advised all school districts and charters of the summer deadlines to submit locally assigned performance ratings
. Under House Bill 5, districts must post the ratings and compliance status for the district and each campus on the school district's website by August 8. TEA is required to report the performance ratings and compliance statuses on its website no later than October 1.