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What Is the TASB Advocacy Agenda?

TASB’s Advocacy Agenda is created by Texas school board members through a grassroots process.

The TASB Advocacy Agenda is created by members — and for members — to advocate for public schools at the state Capitol and beyond.

The Advocacy Agenda is a two-year action plan focusing the priorities of the more than 1,000 local school boards in Texas. The development of the agenda is a truly grassroots process, starting with Grassroots Meetings, held in every region of the state in even-numbered years. That’s where board members share the issues that matter most to their communities.

The Advocacy Agenda goes through several steps of review and approval before it’s finalized by TASB membership at the annual Delegate Assembly.

Once approved, the final TASB Advocacy Agenda is then used as the blueprint for work with the Legislature and state leaders. The grassroots process is representative of TASB’s governance structure and follows the organization’s bylaws.

What’s in the Advocacy Agenda?

The Advocacy Agenda is made up of three parts: Cornerstone Principles, Priorities, and Resolutions.

Cornerstone Principles

The Cornerstone Principles are the overarching ideals of the Association. They set the tone for the Priorities and Resolutions. The TASB Board regularly reviews the principles and may suggest recommendations to the annual Delegate Assembly. Two-thirds of delegates present and voting must agree to add, delete, or amend any Cornerstone Principle.


Priorities serve as TASB’s legislative agenda. Hundreds of trustees from across the state participate in their development from conception to adoption.

In even-numbered years, TASB visits the 20 Education Service Center Regions to hold grassroots meetings designed to gather input from local school leaders. Local trustees elected to TASB’s Legislative Advisory Council then meet through the spring and summer to mold those regional issues into one list of statewide priorities that are eventually adopted by the Delegate Assembly.  

The Council also elects four of its members to serve on the TASB Board's Legislative Committee to ensure that the voice of the Council is represented throughout the process. This Committee closely monitors the development of the Advocacy Agenda and TASB’s progress in accomplishing its goals.

After the Texas legislative session, the Council reconvenes to determine if any changes need to be made to Priorities given legislative action.

Two-thirds of delegates at Delegate Assembly must approve any changes to the Priorities. 


Between March and June of every year, school boards may submit proposals for Resolutions to the TASB Board for recommendation to the Delegate Assembly.

Resolutions subsequently adopted by the Delegate Assembly guide TASB’s responses on other issues that might arise before the Legislature and other governmental entities.

The TASB Board reviews all submitted resolutions and makes recommendations about their adoption to the Delegate Assembly. Adoption of or changes to resolutions requires a majority vote by delegates.