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After getting a handle on the differences between the board’s governance role and the superintendent and administration’s management role, one of the most challenging topics you’ll tackle is your district’s budget. One of your legally required duties as a school trustee i...
It’s hard to overstate the importance of a healthy relationship between the board and the superintendent. It’s of course unrealistic to expect this relationship to always be free of problems and conflicts, but steps can be taken to ensure that any differences are ironed ou...
As governmental bodies, school boards in Texas are required to know what the laws are concerning transparency. School board members must be well informed about the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Texas Public Information Act. What is the Open Meetings Act (OMA)? The OMA ...
TASB’s Advocacy Resolutions process is a powerful way for your school board to shape the TASB Advocacy Agenda. Building TASB’s Advocacy Agenda is a bottom-up process focused on making sure your voice is heard. Your board can help shape the agenda by contributing to the cr...
Email is so widely used today that in many organizations it’s the main or preferred form of communication. This has only become truer as the coronavirus pandemic moved work and learning online. Because we spend a big chunk of our days reading and responding to email, it’s...
Time to register for txEDCON21 TASA | TASB Convention . Texas’s premier public education conference will take over the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Sept. 24–26. As always, there’s a terrific line-up of speakers and sessions to choose from. Register...
by Leslie Story Since 2015, more than half of the school districts in Texas have become districts of innovation (DOI). This exempts them from requirements in state law such as teacher certification and the instructional calendar to operate more like an open-enrollment c...
Any successful board/superintendent relationship is built on trust. It’s the solid ground that allows you and your board to innovate and take risks. It allows you to focus on the continuous improvement of all students. As Good to Great author Jim Collins said, “Collabor...
Events in 2020 sparked conversations about race, institutional bias, and how to reckon with our nation’s past to create a better future. Those conversations have raised questions about equity, diversity, and inclusion. One question of utmost importance to Texas trustees i...
One of the most important responsibilities of a local school board is to set comprehensive goals for the school district. When done well, this practice helps clarify priorities for the district and focuses staff on improving student success. At TASB, we’re often asked, “W...
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