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When you hear rumors or discouraging talk about your district, your first instinct is probably to set the record straight with facts—the above-average graduation rate, the ever-improving test scores, and other successes. While these facts are important, they’re not usua...
Leadership changes are inevitable, but they don’t have to be disruptive to the work of your school board. Some school districts begin the leadership transition process before elections. Sometimes, before candidates even file to run. Recruiting a bench of future leadership ...
COVID-19 will likely impact schools, the ways instruction is delivered, and how students learn long after vaccines are administered. From possible budget crunches coming down from the state level to a demand from some parents to continue remote and hybrid options, there’s ...
Board self-assessments provide more than just accountability and a framework for communication. They lay the foundation for your board’s continuous improvement. TASB provides research-backed best practices, reflective questions, and data-informed self-assessment tools to h...
by Sarah Orman Several new laws were enacted in the 87th Texas Legislature that will impact special education services to students in Texas schools. This article reviews some noteworthy aspects of the new legislation. COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act Senate Bil...
Of the 6,927 bills filed during the 87 th Texas Legislature, 1,073 passed and 21 were vetoed by the governor. With numbers like that, it’s hard for anyone to keep up. Especially when you consider that some are effective immediately, while others are not. Several bills of ...
Bad board behavior — micromanagement, disarray, distractions, unforced errors, miscommunication, and a disconnect with the community — makes serving on your board frustrating, and it can adversely affect student achievement. There’s a growing body of research connecting b...
by James Reese Lead in drinking water. It’s dangerous. Long-term exposure can lead to a variety of physical, neurological, and behavioral problems. Yet it isn’t something many of us think about. With national stories about elevated levels of lead in the water supply of...
By Jennifer Barton Diversity among school staff is considered one of the most important factors in the achievement and success of all students. Why it matters A vast amount of research shows students benefit greatly from opportunities to interact and connect with clas...
Q: What do temperatures, speed limits, and teacher turnover rates all have in common? A: They’re all a lot higher in the South. It’s true. Almost 17 percent of teachers in the region leave the profession each year, compared to just 12 percent in the West and 10.6 per...
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