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New Legislative Summary for Board Members Available
TASB Legal Services has finalized the 2019 Legislative Summary for Board Members. This free document contains summaires of bills that the 86th Legislature passed during the legislative session. View the document.

NSBA Advocacy Institute Stipend Application is now live
TASB is now accepting applications from school board members interested in earning a stipend to attend the National School Boards Association Advocacy Institute in Washington, DC, scheduled for Feb. 2–4, 2020. Learn more.

Available in the Policy Service Resource Library:

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions or call us at 800.580.7529 if you have any questions.

Coming soon:

  • Districts will begin receiving Update 114 packets in late October.
  • Revisions to TASB Legal Services' Legal Tips.

For more, see Policy Service’s Public Information page...

  • TASB Legal Services' Deadlines for November 5, 2019 School District Trustee Elections (pdf) provides important dates and deadlines applicable to school districts preparing for the November 5, 2019 trustee election.
  • TASB Legal Services' HB 2840 - Public Comment and Testimony at Board Meetings (pdf) provides basic information about House Bill 2840, effective September 1, 2019, that affects how school boards must address public comments from citizens during board meetings.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Visitors to School Property and School Events (pdf) provides guidance related to school visitors, including visitor screening, sex offenders, prohibited activities, and excluding disruptive parents and others from school property or school events.
  • TASB Legal Services' document Guidelines for Responding to Allegations of Educator Misconduct (pdf) was developed in collaboration with representatives from school districts, law enforcement, TEA, SBEC, the Texas Department of Family Protective Services, and other entities. The Guidelines provide considerations for school districts to develop plans with local authorities for responding to allegations of sexual harassment, improper relationships, and child abuse.

Sick Leave Bank vs. Pool: What’s the Difference?
Employers may choose to establish leave donation programs to assist employees who exhaust their paid leave because of an extended, catastrophic illness or injury.

Darktober: Strategies for Helping Staff Cope
I’m not sure where the term Darktober first got its start, but it’s an epidemic felt in education, particularly by new teachers.

Travel Time
Complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act is a complicated endeavor. Understanding when to pay a nonexempt employee for travel time is a common compliance issue that school districts wrestle with.

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White Oak ISD Hires Executive Search Services

On October 1, the White Oak ISD Board of Trustees hired TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent.

Further details about all search activities can be found on the ESS website.

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