As we head into a legislative session in 2019, if
you could say one thing
to your lawmakers about
public education, what
would that be?
“We are at a turning point
in our education system
in the state of Texas.
Either you will stand up
for education, or you
won’t. We are waiting to
see how you vote on this.”
—Joe Sconiers, Iraan-
Sheffield ISD Trustee
TASB advocates for the optional use of currently
available, nationally recognized standardized tests in lieu
of state assessments and for additional support for non-high-stakes alternatives, such as writing portfolios and
TASB advocates for an assessment system that recognizes students who have successfully completed advanced
coursework and prohibits the administration of state
exams for courses completed in previous grades by those
TASB advocates for adding an accounting code that
districts may use to submit all costs associated with
the preparation of mock STAAR and administration of
STAAR exams to the Texas Education Agency.
TASB calls upon the Texas Legislature to prohibit
the implementation of legislation that is found by the
Legislative Budget Board to impose a fiscal impact on any
school district without corresponding funding or author-
ity for affected districts to automatically increase local tax
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
TASB calls upon the Texas Legislature to require that
the State Board of Education streamline the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, limiting standards for each
subject at each grade level to what can be taught prior to
state-mandated tests within the given school year.
Teacher Retirement System of Texas Healthcare
TASB calls upon the Texas Legislature to increase
state funding of TRS-ActiveCare and TRS-Care so that
the benefits for and contributions from district employees are equivalent to state employees under the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
(Adopted September 29, 2018, by the TASB Delegate
TASB advocates for a school security fund fee to be
collected on certain violations of Texas laws to be used by
public schools to offset security costs.
TASB advocates for a state-funded organizational
framework designed to create a network of effective sup-