FOR THE RECORD
TASB Stays in Tune with Local Education Leaders in 2018
by Roger White
The chorus of voices continuing the call for
adequate, equitable funding of public education
in Texas swelled to a sustained and strident pitch
in 2018, as friends of public schools in every corner of the state told lawmakers in no uncertain
terms that support for our schools is paramount
heading into the 86th regular session of the Texas
Legislature beginning in January.
The 2017-18 year was filled with many such
challenges and opportunities for the local public
education leaders of Texas—and through it all,
TASB remained steadfast as a source of advocacy,
information, training, and high-quality services in
support of local Texas school districts.
From the highly interactive Grassroots Meetings that began in December 2017 and continued
across the state through March to the dynamic
2018 TASA/TASB Convention held in Austin September 28-30, the steady refrain for this year was
that of involvement and conviction to advocate
for the public school students of Texas.
Regardless of the challenges and issues of
concern, there was much to celebrate this year.
Texas public schools hit a great many high notes
in 2018. Just a few examples:
• The Fort Worth ISD Board was named a
national winner of the 2018 CUBE (Council
of Urban Boards of Education) Award for
Urban School Excellence, following on the
heels of the Lancaster ISD Board being
named a 2017 winner of the award.
• Brownsville ISD, Cypress-Fairbanks
ISD, and Judson ISD were each named
first-place honorees in this year’s Magna
Awards, which recognizes school districts
and their leaders for efforts to bring educa-
tional equity to their students.
• Twenty-three Texas public schools nominated by the Texas Education Agency were
named National 2018 Blue Ribbon Schools.
• Arlington ISD teacher Jennifer Fuller and
Slaton ISD teacher Katie Negen were
named winners of the national Milken
• Keller ISD teacher Denise Koontz and
Pasadena ISD teacher Misty Ruth were
named recipients of the national Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics
and Science Teaching.
As a coda to this up-tempo year, TASB
pledges to continue its longstanding tradition of
top-quality services, programs, and assistance,
standing behind public schools as the Association
has done since 1949.
This TASB 2018 Annual Report, a special edition of Texas Lone Star magazine, takes a look back
at the year in education and peers ahead to 2019.H
Roger White is managing editor of Texas Lone Star.