Policy Service Covers Time-Sensitive Topics
During the past year, TASB Policy Service updated Policy On Line and districts’
individual policies to address accessibility of
policies for individuals with disabilities. In June,
Policy Service hosted the national conference of
the American Association of State Policy Services, at which 23 states were represented.
Policy Service published policy information and
recommendations on several time-sensitive
topics during 2018, including district-provided
epinephrine, credit-by-examination, alternative
requirements for graduation, and unauthorized
persons on district property. The division also
provided video overviews of Updates 109, 110,
In other highlights, the division issued three updates to the School District Policy Manual, along
with updates to the Community College and
Education Service Center Policy Manuals. Policy
Service also published updates to the Model
Student Handbook and the Regulations Resource
TASB in Tune 2018
TASB advocates for legislation that forces charter
schools to adopt true open-enrollment practices and to comply with the elements of Texas Education Code Chapter 37.
TASB advocates for providing districts an option to
use alternative means of public notification other than
publication in a newspaper.
TASB advocates for legislation that leaves decisions
about school consolidation to local boards of trustees.
TASB advocates for criminal background checks for
school board candidates to confirm candidate qualifications and to support the disqualification standard of a
candidate who has been convicted of a felony.
TASB advocates for legislation to provide better and
timelier notification of charter school openings by January 1 of the school district budget cycle and to require
TEA reporting of students transferring out of charter
schools, as well as tracking of students on charter school
waiting lists on the PEIMS reporting period.
TASB advocates for state programs and funding to
attract and retain people in the Texas teaching profession, including poor, rural districts.
TASB advocates for legislation that requires that
local boards of trustees have discretion over the spending
of any additional funding dedicated to compensation of
TASB advocates for legislation that allows districts to
opt out of TRS-ActiveCare.
TASB advocates for operational and facilities funding
for full-day prekindergarten.
TASB advocates for funding for career and technical
education programs for eighth-grade students.
TASB advocates for full funding of Hurricane Harvey
hold-harmless requirements administered by TEA without a corresponding reduction in funds to public education in the 2019 legislative session.
TASB advocates for the elimination of recapture
payments on temporary increases in maintenance-and-operations tax rate under Texas Tax Code 26.08(a) to
cover disaster-related expenses.
TASB advocates for Chapter 41 school districts being eligible to receive state allotment dollars for student
transportation through a reduction in their recapture
payments by the amount of their calculated transportation allotment.
TASB advocates for greater transparency of district
tax revenue by creating a separate line item in each
taxpayer’s bill that shows the portion of district maintenance-and-operations tax revenue recaptured by the state
under Chapter 41.