Use TASB Tools for School Board Advocacy

When the Texas Legislature is in session, TASB Governmental Relations Division staff members are at the Capitol daily working to pass TASB’s legislative program and keeping school board members up-to-date on the latest legislative activities.

To follow the important education-related legislative activities going on in Austin, take advantage of these TASB publications and services:

The Legislative Report

During the legislative session, The Legislative Report’s publication frequency steps up. The newsletter moves from a monthly to a biweekly format in February, and then goes weekly March through May. The spotlight is focused, of course, on the Texas Legislature and education issues.

Our legislative newsletters cover important topics that affect public education, including:

  • Bill summaries
  • Committee hearings
  • House and Senate actions
  • Status of TASB-initiated legislation
  • TASB’s stance on education proposals
  • TASB grassroots events

All school board members and superintendents receive an e-mail notice letting them know when the newsletter has been posted to TASB's website.

Legislative Update

By 9:30 a.m. every day during the session, Legislative Updates are posted on TASB's website. If the session activity is heavy, updates may be posted several times during the day or evening.

You can subscribe to the Legislative Report and Legislative Update on the TASB Member Center.

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Legislative Hot Line

School board members and superintendents may use TASB's special toll-free number, 800.580.4885, to contact their state legislators during the session. Only school board members and local administrators are permitted access to this special phone line.

Action Alerts

From time to time during the session, TASB will mail, e-mail, or fax Action Alerts to members or post Action Alert messages on TASB’s website or on the Legislative Hot Line. Action Alerts are notices to members about legislative activity that demands members’ immediate attention and response.

Electronic communication

TASB legislative information also is available on our website. During the legislative session, a  legislative bill tracking system on TASB's website allows association members to find out which bills TASB is tracking, to read bill summaries, and to view the full-bill text of major education legislation.