June 15 Deadline to Submit Advocacy Resolutions

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Development of the 2022-24 TASB Advocacy Agenda kicked off with the Grassroots Meetings held January-March. Now, the Legislative Advisory Council is tasked with developing the statewide Advocacy Priorities, and local school boards are turning their focus toward preparing resolutions.  

Dax González, division director of TASB Governmental Relations, said that Advocacy Resolutions are an important part of the Advocacy Agenda.

“Advocacy Priorities are the key legislative goals for the Association, but Advocacy Resolutions help guide how TASB will address all the other issues that could come up during the legislative session or through other regulatory entities,” González said.  

For Kevin Carbó, Mesquite ISD trustee and TASB Resolutions Committee chair, the resolutions process is an important way to highlight local issues. 

“The resolutions process is a way for boards like mine to voice their opinion on TASB’s Advocacy Agenda,” Carbó said. “The resolutions that are ultimately passed tell the world what is important to TASB’s members and what we will be taking a stand on at the Capitol. It’s essential that boards speak up by submitting resolutions and sharing what issues they are passionate about right now.” 

What is an Advocacy Resolution?

Resolutions are submitted by local school boards and usually address issues that are more local or regional. 

“We see a wide range of concerns in resolutions. They are more specific in nature and don’t fall easily into our broader priorities,” González said. 

In the 2020-22 Advocacy Agenda, resolutions address topics like charter school transparency, accountability system standards, attendance reporting, and special education.

“We tend to think about the differences among districts — urban, rural, big, and small,” said Ann Williams, president of the Alief ISD Board and president of the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members. “When you submit a resolution that reflects the concerns in your local district and then hundreds of delegates from across the state agree that it’s important, it’s a reminder of just how much we all have in common.” 

How to submit a resolution 

School boards have until 11:59 p.m. on June 15 to submit resolutions. Each resolution must be adopted by the board and submitted on the Advocacy Resolution form

“Make sure you provide a clear explanation for why your resolution is important,” González said. “Use the Statement of Reasons section to provide details.” 

The adoption process for resolutions

The TASB Resolutions Committee reviews all the submitted resolutions.  

“The committee determines if any are already covered by the proposed priorities or the Cornerstone Principles. They also look for resolutions that are similar to see if they can be combined,” González said. “But most importantly, the committee considers if the resolutions are in line with the Association’s advocacy goals.” 

The committee then forwards the proposed resolutions to the TASB Board for review. Finally, the proposed resolutions are submitted to the TASB Delegate Assembly for discussion and adoption.

 “The TASB Advocacy Agenda is created through a grassroots process. Grassroots means that it comes from the local level,” González said. “And Advocacy Resolutions are your opportunity to give voice to legislative issues specific to your district and community.”

Carbó agrees. “If districts feel strongly about an issue, that should be reflected in the resolutions submitted,” he said. “That’s how we make sure that we stand up for what members care about.” 

If you have any questions about submitting a resolution or the TASB Advocacy Agenda, contact González at dax.gonzalez@tasb.org or 800.580.4885.

This article was first published on April 7, 2022.

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