The failure of one or more members
of a school board to complete the OMA
training required by Section 551.005 does
not affect the validity of an action taken by
The attorney general cautions, however, that a deliberate failure to comply
with the training requirements could result
in an increased risk of criminal prosecution should the official ever be accused of
violating the OMA or PIA.
Q: Will open government training
count toward compliance with other con-
tinuing education requirements for school
A: Yes. To avoid imposing duplicate
training requirements on public officials,
the attorney general is required to harmo-
Q: How can school board members
nize the required OMA and PIA training
with any other statutory training require-
ments that may be imposed on public
receive the required training?
A: The attorney general’s office
provides free training through online and
video courses, available at the Open Government Training website (
governmental-bodies/pia-and-oma-training-resources). TASB Legal Services
has developed attorney general-approved
OMA and PIA training courses designed
specifically for school officials and geared
toward satisfying the OMA and PIA train-
TASB Legal Services has developed
attorney general-approved OMA and PIA
training courses designed specifically for
will provide this training live at future
TASB training events.
Q: Can governmental bodies conduct
their own open government training?
A: Yes. Governmental entities may
conduct their own internal training on the
OMA and the PIA either by making any
attorney general-approved training course
available for their officials or by obtaining attorney general approval of their own
An electronic version of this document is available on TASB School Law
1Tex. Gov’t Code §551.005.
2Tex. Gov’t Code §552.012.
3Tex. Gov’t Code §551.005.
4Tex. Gov’t Code §552.012(c).
5Tex. Gov’t Code §§551.005(a), 552.012(b).
6Tex. Gov’t Code §§551.005(a), 552.012(b).
7Tex. Gov’t Code §551.005(b).
8Tex. Gov’t Code §552.012(d).
9Tex. Gov’t Code §§551.005(c), 552.012(e).
Julie Chen Allen is a staff attorney with TASB
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