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Advocating for Public Schools Toolkit

Resources that can help you shine the spotlight on the amazing things happening in Texas public schools every day as you engage with policymakers on behalf of schools and students

12 Ways School Leaders Can Connect with Lawmakers
Download this TASA-produced PDF that provides 12 tips on how school leaders can engage with locally elected officials and lawmakers and share with them the good things that are happening in Texas public schools.

The Importance of Taking Back the Narrative
2020 Texas Teacher of the Year Karen Sams encourages public education advocates to take back the narrative about our public schools in this call to action.

#TxEdTuesday and Social Media
#TxEdTuesday is a social media campaign started by TASA members Kevin Worthy, Doug Williams, and John Wink. On Tuesdays during Texas legislative sessions, Texas public school supporters take to social media to tell, tag, and share the awesome things taking place in our neighborhood public schools. The idea is to promote #txed while engaging with policymakers about the great things happening in our public schools. Follow @TxEdTuesday on Twitter and using the hashtag #TxEdTuesday.

Raise Your Hand Texas School Choice Spinner
Raise Your Hand Texas’ “school choice spinner” features just a few examples among thousands of public school choice options available to Texas students and families. Click on the wheel to see quality public school choice in action at districts across the state. Share with others how campuses and districts are reinventing themselves as we encourage all public schools to expand and enrich learning opportunities for all students.

Truth about Schools
This TASB website dispels the myths and provides accurate information about Texas public schools and provides a host of resources and news.

Stand Up for Public Schools
This TASB campaign encourages active advocacy on behalf of the public schools in communities and throughout the state. The website provides facts on Texas public school performance, real stories from campuses across the state, and tips for advocating for public schools, including sample letters and editorials.

Friends of Texas Public Schools
Friends of Texas Public Schools provides resources celebrating the many success stories of public education in Texas. The Achievements page on the FOTPS website provides data points and information on other achievements of Texas public schools.

Make Education a Priority
Make Education a Priority is an organization with the mission of fostering public education opportunities for all students through partnerships, engagement, and advocacy. Their website includes one-minute videos and a tab featuring Trustee Resources.

Future-Ready School Exemplars
TASA’s Mission: School Transformation website at features school districts that are leading the way in creating student-centered schools focused on preparing future-ready graduates. Learn more about exemplar districts in these areas:

School Programs with “Bragging Rights”
Each year, Texas School Business magazine produces a special Bragging Rights issue each year that features 12 school districts with outstanding or innovative programs.

Celebrate Texas Public Schools
Texas Public Schools Week has traditionally been the first week in March to coordinate with the celebration of Texas Independence Day. The Texas School Public Relations Association’s Celebrate Texas Public Schools campaign encourages individuals to make public statements about the great things happening in Texas public schools. Each year, TSPRA chooses a campaign theme and provides downloadable resources for those who want to join in the celebration. Visit the TSPRA website to learn more.


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