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TASB Legislative Update


Application deadline approaching for Advocacy Institute stipend

Each year, TASB offers member districts an opportunity to secure a stipend to attend the National School Boards Association Advocacy Institute in Washington, DC. This is the only national legislative event exclusively held for school trustees. The deadline for a school board interested in nominating a trustee for a chance to receive a stipend is Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. The nomination process is simple: your school board must agree to participate in the Advocacy Institute; your school board must nominate a trustee and an alternate to represent the school district; and the selected trustee and alternate must fill out the online nominations form.
The Advocacy Institute will be held Jan. 27-29, 2019. The stipend pays for conference registration and is paid directly to the school district. Recipients awarded a stipend must pay for their accommodations and transportation to Washington. Learn more.

Reminder: Senate Ed to consider dual credit

The Senate Education Committee will meet jointly with the Senate Higher Education Committee at 9 a.m. on Sept. 12 to consider the following interim charge (watch live): 
Dual Credit: Review dual credit opportunities throughout the state, examining the impact of HB 505 (84th Legislature) on students in particular. Look at the outcomes of statewide studies completed in Texas regarding dual credit, and examine the current rigor of dual credit courses, as well as how to improve advising for students in dual credit.

TEA to layout funding request before LBB

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will present its legislative appropriations request (LAR) to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) on Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. The LAR is the amount of funding the agency will seek from legislators over the next biennium. View TEA’s request.