Legal Services Responds to 4,000+ Member Inquiries
Between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018,
TASB Legal Services responded to more than
4,000 legal inquiries from members, including
calls and e-mails from school administrators,
trustees, and school attorneys. Every day, two
Legal Services attorneys are available to take
Legal Services continued to provide in-person
training at eight regional legal seminars, offering five hours of credit to almost 500 board
members. Legal Services attorneys presented
on approximately 36 different school law topics,
reaching thousands of school officials at events
hosted by TASB and other organizations.
For years, Legal Services has provided a number of services, such as phone consultation,
publications, policy development, policy review,
and training, to the state’s community colleges
through a collaboration with TASB Policy Service
known as TASB Legal and Policy Services for
Community Colleges. This year, the divisions
decided to consolidate this effort. September 1,
2018 saw the successful launch of the new Community College Services Department.
Other TASB Legal Services highlights for 2017-18:
• TASB School Law eSource, the free on-
line source of legal information for school
officials, was visited by more than 45,000
individuals seeking information on school
law topics. Our online legal resources include
approximately 150 free written resources
from TASB Legal Services on a wide variety
of school law topics. Every year, our online
• The Legal Assistance Fund (LAF) met its
membership target with 750 school districts
last year. The LAF Board filed amicus curiae
briefs in 11 cases. Jurisdictions included the
Texas Commissioner of Education, Texas
Attorney General, Texas Courts of Appeals,
Texas Supreme Court, and Fifth Circuit Court
of Appeals. As of September 27, 2018, the
Legal Services twitter account had 662 followers (exceeding our goal of 500).
• Legal Services collaborated with TASB Risk
Management to produce and record new
online training designed for Title IX coordinators, superintendents, and campus administrators—available free to Risk Management
• Membership in the Texas Council of School
Attorneys remained strong at 300 members.
TASB in Tune 2018
TASB advocates for the modification of the current
accountability system to increase the weight of the community-based measures for district and campus ratings.
TASB advocates for an accountability system that is
equitable to small, rural districts that lack access to the
same types of resources as larger districts in regards to the
career and technical education coherent course sequence.
TASB advocates for a compliant state accountability
system for students governed by individualized education
TASB advocates for legislation that holds open-enrollment charter schools to the same accountability
standards to which traditional public schools are held.
TASB advocates for legislation that holds open-enrollment charter schools and boards of charter schools
to the same transparency standards to which traditional
public schools are held.H