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Your district receives recommended changes to policies from TASB two or three times a year. We base these updates on recent changes in the legal context. Depending on the number and type of policies addressed, and on other factors such as timing and local issues, your dis...
The historical file or record is an archive of only (LOCAL) policies in a district's board policy manual. Because of data and storage limitations, TASB is unable to maintain a historical record of each of the more than one thousand school district policy manuals in Texas. ...
It’s an odd-numbered year. That means the Texas Legislature has descended on Austin to pass a budget and make new laws. TASB is hard at work representing school boards and their districts’ concerns. When the Legislature’s 140 days are up, new legislation will need to be qu...
Two bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature will affect retention and promotion. HB 4545 removes retention based on state assessment, adds accelerated instruction Districts must still consider a student’s assessment scores when determining whether to promote a stu...
Your school board sets policy, but it’s up to district staff to see that it’s carried out. Realistically, it would be impossible for the board to govern and implement the work of the district. Implementing policy—the day-to-day work educating students and managing district...
Sometimes, it’s just helpful to know what questions to even ask. This checklist for new school board trustees has practical questions and tips that will help you focus on the big picture perspective of district affairs as you dig into the details of board service. Refer to...
As TASB Policy Service prepares to release updates to the Model Student Handbook and Model Student Code of Conduct , we want to help school districts become familiar with these resources and how they can help districts meet legal requirements and communicate clearly wit...
Questions about student absences tend to crop up in the spring. Here’s what you need to know about absences for religious holidays, extracurricular competition, optional excused absences, and absences for credit or final grades. Excused absences for religious holidays Th...
Incidents of childhood allergic disease are increasing. Visits to pediatric emergency departments for severe allergic reactions, also known as anaphylaxis, have doubled, Statistically, the numbers are still low — rising from 5.7 to 11.7 per 10,000 visits between 2009 and ...
Your first several months of school board service are an exciting time, and overwhelming, too. As a new board member in Texas, there’s a lot to do. There’s the oath of office, legal documents to sign, forms to file, and mandatory training to take. Use the checklist below ...
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