Important Dates

Feb. 19 TASA/TASB Legislative Conference
Registration deadline

Feb. 22 TASB Student Video Contest
Last day to view videos for People's Choice recognition

Mar. 1 TASA/TASB Convention Session Selector
Deadline to submit presentations

Mar. 8 Summer Leadership Institute
Session applications due

Mar. 15 TASA/TASB Convention Session Selector
Voting opens to select favorite sessions

Mar. 15 Texas Breakfasts at NSBA
Reservation deadline

Mar. 25 National School Boards Association Annual Conference
Regular registration deadline

Mar. 28 Special Education Solutions Members' Conference
Hotel reservation deadline

Mar. 31 TASA/TASB Convention Session Selector
Voting closes to select favorite sessions

Apr. 1 Advocacy Agenda Resolutions
Call for resolutions begins

Apr. 3 Summer Leadership Institute
Housing opens

Apr. 5 Special Education Solutions Members' Conference
Online registration closes

Apr. 12 Superintendent of the Year
Deadline for nominations to education service centers

Upcoming Training

Feb. 21–23 Winter Governance Seminar
Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston

Feb. 26 HR Services Training: Get a Grip on the FMLA
ESC 14, Abilene

Feb. 26 TASA/TASB Legislative Conference
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin

Feb. 27 MASBA and TCBSBM Equity Symposium
Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin

Mar. 12 Leadership Team Services Webinar: Preparing to Serve: A Webinar for School Board Candidates

Mar. 13 TASB Risk Management Fund Webinar: Got Preventative Maintenance?

Mar. 25 Spring Workshop
ESC 9, Wichita Falls

Mar. 26 Facility Services Training: Asbestos Designated Person
ESC 9, Wichita Falls

Mar. 27 Facility Services Training: Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
ESC 9, Wichita Falls

Mar. 27 HR Services Training: Spending Wisely: The Intersection of Staffing and Pay
ESC 1, Edinburg

Mar. 27 Spring Workshop
Texas A&M University, Kingsville

Mar. 28 Facility Services Training: Best Practices: Construction Fundamentals
ESC 9, Wichita Falls

Mar. 30–Apr. 1 National School Boards Association Annual Conference
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

Apr. 2 Facility Services Training: Best Practices: Procurement
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Apr. 3 Facility Services Training: Best Practices: Efficient Facilities
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Apr. 9 Facility Services Training: Asbestos Designated Person
Dayton ISD, Dayton

Apr. 10 Facility Services Training: Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
Dayton ISD, Dayton

Apr. 10 Spring Workshop
ESC 19, El Paso

Apr. 11 Facility Services Training: Indoor Air Quality Coordinator
Dayton ISD, Dayton

Apr. 11 Spring Workshop
Tarleton State University, Stephenville

Apr. 11–12 TASB Special Education Solutions Members’ Conference
Austin Marriott North, Round Rock

More training

Vote for your favorite Student Video Contest entry

Why do public schools rock? Public schools across Texas answered the question in videos they created for the TASB 2019 Student Video Contest! The gallery of videos is now available for viewing, and this week, voting is open for the special People's Choice recognition in each category. Read more.

2019 WGS kicks off Wednesday

It's time for the 2019 Winter Governance Seminar (WGS)! This year's conference starts Wednesday, February 20, and runs through Saturday, February 23, at the Galveston Island Convention Center. A great lineup of sessions includes even more student-led/student copresented sessions than last year. Read more.

Last call to register for Legislative Conference

Today (Tuesday, February 19) is the last day to preregister for the TASA/TASB Legislative Conference. Set for February 26 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, the conference is free for TASA and TASB members. Space is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Capitol insiders. Read more.

State associations hosting conferences

The Mexican American School Boards Association (MASBA) and the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members (TCBSBM) are hosting conferences in February and March. First up is the Equity Symposium scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, the day after the TASA/TASB Legislative Conference. Read more.

Send a letter to your legislators!

Now is the time for school leaders to speak up and remind the Texas Legislature that 5.4 million Texas children are counting on them to support our public schools. Legislators are beginning to work on crucial decisions that will affect Texas public schools for years to come. Let them know that Texans want more funding for our public schools and the teachers and support staff who make public education accessible for all children. Read more.

Two opportunities to share your expertise

Calling all presenters! Interested in presenting your district's innovative program or sharing your knowledge with your fellow district leaders? You have two opportunities: the 2019 TASA/TASB Convention and the 2019 Summer Leadership Institute. Read more.

New resource for school trustees

This spring, TASB is introducing an online Member Center for school trustees. The new resource will provide quick and easy access to continuing education credits, training opportunities, board service topics, and information regarding legal, policy, and other matters. For updates about the Member Center and when it will be available, consult the preview page.

Report on unfunded mandates updated

The Texas Association of School Administrators and TASB have published the updated Report on School District Mandates: Cost Drivers in Public Education. Although the report does not contain a complete list of all mandates on Texas school districts, it does include the majority of mandates passed since 1995―particularly those Texas laws and regulations that are likely to impose significant implementation costs either collectively or by themselves. Read the report.

Reserve your breakfast tickets for the NSBA conference

Texas attendees at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference are invited to join TASB for a complimentary breakfast. This year's NSBA conference is March 30–April 1 in Philadelphia. The Texas breakfasts will be held Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, 7–8:30 a.m., at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Read more.

New legal memos posted

Four new articles have been posted to the TASB School Law eSource: "Trustees and Technology," "School Cybersecurity—Getting Started," "School Cybersecurity—Security Breach Notification and Response," and "Facilities Use." All of these articles and more are posted in the School Law eSource, a free collection of online resources for school officials and the school community.

Nominate your district's leader for state award

TASB is looking for outstanding superintendents for the 2019 Superintendent of the Year. The annual award recognizes Texas administrators for achievement and excellence in public school leadership. Local school boards are invited to nominate their superintendents for the honor. The nomination deadline is April 12. Read more.

Mark your calendar for Spring Workshops

TASB's annual Spring Workshops are right around the corner, with the first one kicking off March 25 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 boards associations. This year's training runs through May 22. Find the workshop location near you, and make plans to attend.

Conference to focus on best practices in SHARS, Medicaid

Walk on your wild side at the 26th annual Special Education Solutions Members' Conference on April 12 in Round Rock. This event is complimentary to TASB members and will focus on best practices for special populations, particularly in the area of School Health and Related Services (SHARS) and Medicaid. A special preconference event is scheduled for April 11. Attend to learn from subject-area experts and network with other professionals. Find out more and register.

Save the date for Fund Members' Conference 2019

For 45 years, the TASB Risk Management Fund has delivered services that promote strong and safe schools across Texas. Join the Fund to celebrate at Members' Conference May 1–3 at Hyatt Regency. The conference is provided at no cost to Fund members. Sessions will cover emergency management, school security, cybersecurity, and more. Registration includes a complimentary hotel stay per Fund member, based on availability. Keynote speaker Merlyna Valentine will share her story of choosing positivity after a near-death experience. Watch the Fund website for registration details coming soon.

Special discount on SXSW EDU registration available

TASB has arranged for Texas school board members to be able to attend SXSW EDU at a discounted rate of $295. Phil Gore, division director of TASB Leadership Team Services, also will be hosting an official SXSW EDU school board member meet up on Wednesday, March 6, at the Austin Convention Center. More information is located on the events page.

Finalists named in Excellence in Education Awards

Eight school districts, five early childhood facilities, and five school boards have been selected as finalists for H-E-B's 2019 Excellence in Education Awards program. This year, H-E-B will award a total of $82,500 to the finalists, who will go on to compete for even greater cash prizes at the statewide level. Read more.

San Benito CISD teacher earns Milken award

Last week, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today joined Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, at a surprise ceremony in San Benito CISD to present Krystal Contreras with the Milken Educator Award. Contreras is a fourth-grade writing teacher at Dr. C.M. Cash Elementary School in San Benito, a community southeast of Harlingen. Read more.

99 percent of districts receive Accredited status

Of 1,195 Texas school districts and charter schools, 1,185 received a status designation of Accredited for the 2018–19 school year. An Accredited status recognizes public schools that meet specific academic and financial standards. Five charters and one district are Accredited-Warned, one district is Accredited-Probation, one district is Not Accredited-Revoked, and two districts are Pending. The status for each school district and charter school district can be found on the TEA website.

Texas schools nominated for Blue Ribbon honors

In January, the Texas Education Agency shared the nominees for the 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools. Twenty-six schools were recognized in two categories: Exemplary High Performing and Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing. Blue Ribbon Schools is a US Department of Education program recognizing schools where students perform at very high levels. The Texas nominees will complete a rigorous application process for the national award. The winners will be announced in September.