TASB offices are closed until Monday, May 4, due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Staff are working remotely and available by email or phone. View TASB’s COVID-19 Resources.

Important Dates

Apr. 1 Advocacy Agenda Resolutions
Call for resolutions begins

Apr. 1 Summer Leadership Institute
Housing opens

Apr. 10 Superintendent of the Year
Deadline for nominations to ESCs

Apr. 29 Summer Leadership Institute
Registration opens

May 1 Leadership TASB 
Application process opens

Upcoming Training

Mar. 24 POSTPONED: Facility Services Training: Asbestos Designated Person Class
ESC Region 11, White Settlement

Mar. 24 Webinar: The Board's Role in Student Achievement

Mar. 25 POSTPONED: Facility Services Training: Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
ESC Region 11, White Settlement

Mar. 25 CANCELED: Spring Workshop, Kingsville
Texas A&M Kingsville, Kingsville

Mar. 26 CANCELED: TASB Risk Management Fund Training: A Crash Course in Vehicle Collision Investigations
Killeen ISD, Killeen

Mar. 30 CANCELED: Spring Workshop, Wichita Falls
ESC Region 9, Wichita Falls

Mar. 31 POSTPONED: Facility Services Training: Best Practices: Maintenance and Operations
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Apr. 1 POSTPONED: Facility Services Training: Best Practices: Hazardous Materials Response and Removal
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Apr. 1 TASB Risk Management Fund Webinar: Cybercriminals are Plotting. Are You Ready?

Apr. 2 POSTPONED: Facility Services Training: Best Practices: Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Apr. 2 CANCELED: Spring Workshop, Stephenville
Tarleton State University, Stephenville

Apr. 6 CANCELED: BoardBook Premier Onsite Training
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Apr. 7 POSTPONED: TASB Facility Services Training: Asbestos Designated Person Class
ESC Region 18, Midland

Apr. 7 CANCELED: Spring Workshop, San Angelo
ESC Region 15, San Angelo

Apr. 8 POSTPONED: TASB Facility Services Training: Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
ESC Region 18, Midland

Apr. 9 POSTPONED: TASB Facility Services Training: Construction Fundamentals
ESC Region 18, Midland

More training

COVID-19: TASB event updates and legal resources

As the response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) develops and changes rapidly, we've compiled a list of TASB event cancellations and legal resources that may be helpful to trustees and districts. This information is valid as of our publication date (Tuesday, March 17). Read more

TASB staff available

The Texas Association of School Boards is open for business and ready to help in whatever way we can. We have closed our buildings due to the current circumstances, but TASB staff members are available by phone and email. Additionally, most of our traveling staff are changing their outreach to you to phone and email instead of visiting you in person. Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can support you through this time.

The Role of the School Board: Responding to Coronavirus

The spread of Coronavirus in Texas is a concern for every level of government, including school boards. The role of the school board in responding to a public health emergency is different than the superintendent’s role. Find out what your leadership team can do to best serve your district and your community.

SOTY nominations open through April 10

Local school boards are invited to nominate their district leader for the 2020 Superintendent of the Year (SOTY). Nominees must have served as superintendent of the district since September 1, 2017; be a Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) member. Read more

Webinar to highlight the board's role in student achievement

Making decisions as a governing body can be challenging for variety of reasons. Learn how your board-superintendent team can focus on its most important job—making a difference for students. Sign up for The Board's Role in Student Achievement webinar. The webinar will be held March 24, noon–1 p.m. or 6–7 p.m. If you are only interested in the information, registration is free. There is a nominal fee to receive continuing education credit. For more information, email board.dev@tasb.org.

TASB’s XG Project energized Longview ISD

The Longview ISD School Board committed to rethinking its district culture. After working with TASB’s XG Project, the board has seen success and some surprising results. Read more about how the district made a bold commitment to cultural change.

What to look forward to at SLI 2020

Housing and registration open in April for the 2020 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI). TASB's annual training conference is scheduled June 17–20 in San Antonio and June 24–27 in Fort Worth. At this time, there are no plans to postpone, reschedule, or cancel SLI. Registration and housing will open as scheduled. This year's lineup features powerful speakers and training opportunities. Here's what you can expect. Read more.

School business officials celebrated

TASB congratulates the winners of the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) RISE Award. The new award recognizes a person whose early accomplishments, within their career and TASBO, distinguish them as future leaders in the profession. The recipients were recognized during the TASBO Engage Conference earlier this month. Read more.

Resources for preparing your district budget

As your school district begins preparing its 2020–21 budget, be sure to review TASB Legal Services' step-by-step guide on the budget and tax rate adoption process, School District Budget and Tax Rate Adoption in 2020 (pdf). Also available is a guide on conducting a voter approval tax rate election.

Why do teachers quit teaching?

Frustrated by poor pay and underfunded schools, half of public school teachers nationally have seriously considered leaving the profession in the past few years—and majorities in the 2019 PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools say that given the opportunity, they’d vote to strike. Read about the top reasons teachers said they think about leaving the jobs they once loved. Find out more from Jennifer Barton, former teacher and current HR and compensation consultant for TASB HR Services, as she discusses how districts can improve their culture to reduce teacher turnover on the TASB Talks podcast.

Thank businesses that support your schools

Public schools often receive support from community organizations and businesses. Say thank you to them through TASB's Business Recognition Program. The program is a win-win for districts and businesses. Districts can express appreciation for partners and encourage new partners to step up, and businesses get statewide recognition and visibility in their communities. Read more

New online courses for trustees now available

Board members have access to two new courses in TASB’s Online Learning Center (OLC). Student Voice, based on a session at Governance Camp, provides a brief overview of the student voice movement. School Board Trustees and the Open Meetings Act is an interactive course designed to fulfill new trustees' open government training requirement. To register for either course, simply log in to the OLC at onlinelearning.tasb.org. For more information, contact onlinelearning@tasb.org.

Poll: Texans trust teachers, think schools are underfunded

In a new poll conducted by Raise Your Hand Texas, Texans said they have trust and confidence in the state’s public school teachers at a higher rate than the national figure. Most respondents said teachers are undervalued and underpaid. Lack of funding is seen as by far the biggest issue facing Texas public schools. Read more

Nominations open for TASA School Board Awards

Each year, the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) names the Outstanding School Board, recognizing boards whose dedication and service have made a positive impact on the public schoolchildren of Texas. If you are a TASA member, you can nominate your board for TASA's School Board Awards. There is no application form to submit; rather, you must submit information that is supportive of the 2020 TASA School Board Awards criteria (following the formatting guidelines) to your regional ESC by June 16.