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Legislative changes from the 87th Legislature, Regular Session make significant adjustments to state promotion and retention requirements. However, board policy still plays an important role in determining who gets promoted to the next grade level and who doesn’t. What st...
Students, families, district staff, and board members look forward to recognizing students’ accomplishments at graduation each year. But district administrators know that graduation can also elicit a lot of questions, including the relationship between local recognition as...
The law requires your board to reorganize by electing a president and secretary at the first meeting after an election and qualification of trustees. Local policy may also provide for the election or appointment of other officers and committees the board deems necessary. ...
Five things every new school trustee should know One of the first things most new board members realize about serving on the school board is that there’s a lot to learn. It’s almost like going back to school again. To simplify your journey toward success, we’ve isolated f...
When do Texas school boards need to hold board officer elections? If your district recently held your board elections—or would have, but canceled them due to no contested elections—it’s time to hold officer elections. In Texas, school boards are required by law to hold el...
With so many important topics affecting K-12 education right now, don’t be surprised if you see more people attending board meetings and wanting to share their opinions. Hearing from passionate parents, teachers, students, and taxpayers is always a sign of healthy communi...
Congratulations! The campaign is over, and now it’s time to govern with your school board. This is the start of a journey as a public servant, and you may be asking if there’s an instruction manual. There’s a lot to get up to speed on: Open Meetings Act Parliamentary p...
Winter Storm Uri coupled with the ongoing pandemic put school districts up against previously unimaginable circumstances. Although every disaster looks a little different, there are critical steps you can take now to ensure your school district is better prepared in the fu...
Major changes are coming to the School Health and Related Services (SHARS) program. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has made several dramatic rewrites to the SHARS Policy that take affect Nov. 1, 2021. With more than 900 districts involved in the SH...
On-demand viewing Did you attend Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) this year? If so, on demand viewing will be available July 2-30. We'll send details to all SLI registrants, whether you attended in San Antonio, Fort Worth, or virtually.  SLI resources View the present...
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