Has Your District Passed a Resolution Opposing A-F School/District Ratings?
TASA would also like to know if your district’s board of trustees has passed a resolution that includes opposition to A-F ratings for schools (download a sample). Please share any press releases or email confirmation of your board’s action with Amy Francisco, TASA Communications and Media Relations. As of January 23, TASA had confirmations that 359 school districts (as well as the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education) had adopted such resolutions. See a list of districts that have passed resolutions.
Follow Education Bills Using Online TASA Bill Tracker
The 85th Texas legislative session has begun. Bill filing began in November, and legislators will continue to file bills until the March 10 bill-filing deadline. See which bills TASA is following using the online TASA Bill Tracker. Search for a specific bill number or by bill type or author. As the session progresses, TASA members will receive more frequent Capitol Watch Alerts that include short bill summaries and updates on committee hearings. Watch for those in your email inbox! See a list of TASA's legislative priorities.
Register for the 2017 TASA/TASB Legislative Conference by February 16
The TASA/TASB Legislative Conference is planned for February 21 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. The conference is free; however, preregistration is required. During the daylong session, trustees and administrators will hear Capitol insiders’ insights on the 85th legislative session. Association staff will provide updates on legislative happenings and proposed bills to prepare attendees to meet with legislators and their staffers later that day. After the conference, buses will be available to take attendees to the Capitol for appointments with legislators. School board members will earn board-training credit for attending the training. Reserve housing by January 31 and register by February 16!
See Lineup of Featured Sessions for Teachers/Campus-Level Educators
TASA has put together a special “mini program” for teachers and other campus-level educators attending the Midwinter Conference. It includes a lineup of suggested general session, thought leader, and concurrent sessions that will be particularly valuable to teachers and other non-administrative, campus-level staff including counselors, librarians, teacher leaders, department heads/chairs, instructional coaches, and content specialists. Download the PDF.
Free Early-Bird Sessions to Be Offered Sunday, January 29
Coming into Austin early for the Midwinter Conference? Two preconference sessions will be available to registrants at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, January 29, at no extra charge. No preregistration is required; seating is first-come, first-served. Learn more.
01.13.2017 — Today H-E-B announced that eight school districts and five early childhood facilities have been selected as finalists for the retailer's 2017 Excellence in Education Awards program, now in its 16th year.
01.04.2017 — TASA has named the 2017 recipients of the Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship, awarded annually since 2014 to outstanding doctoral students pursuing careers in educational leadership.
11.01.2016 — TASA has selected Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of Arlington ISD, as Texas’ nominee for the 2017 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year award.
10.14.2016 — TASA, which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program, has named Allison Ashley, Austin ISD, the 2017 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Deborah Campbell, San Angelo ISD, the 2017 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year.
01.23.2017 — Sen. Jane Nelson has appointed two workgroups to study pressing budget challenges this session. One of the workgroups is the School Finance Workgroup.
01.17.2017 — On Friday, January 13, TEA held a hearing on proposed amendments to rules affecting STAAR standards. The agency proposes locking in the former phase-in level II rate at its current level of rigor, and renaming student performance labels.
There is no substitute for developing contacts face-to-face. TASA offers you the opportunity to exhibit your products and services at major conferences held throughout the year, including Midwinter Conference, the Texas Assessment Conference, and the TASA/TASB Convention.
Print and Online Advertising
TASA offers a variety of valuable advertising options, including our journal INSIGHT, circulated to more than 3,000 prominent education leaders across the state, and our magazine Texas School Business, a trusted source of news and analysis of current issues in Texas education since 1954. Online advertising is available in TASA Daily, TASA's popular daily e-newsletter, and Capitol Watch Alert, our legislative and policy e-newsletter.
TASA's Corporate Partner Program
TASA's Corporate Partner Program gives companies that do business with schools ongoing recognition and visibility through a choice of event/advertising packages, ranging from $10,000 to $40,000. Each package offers special opportunities for Corporate Partners to sponsor professional learning opportunities and experience exclusive, face-to-face time with school leaders.Contact Johnny Veselka, Executive Director, to learn more about this program.