• 2017 Summer Conference

TASA Governmental Relations Briefing

  • Monday, June 26, 8:30-10:45 a.m.   
    Bring your coffee and arrive on time, because before the legislative presentation begins, we’ll provide a primer that will help you understand and get the most of the day’s EdCamp sessions. Then, the TASA Governmental Relations lobby team will brief you on specific legislation passed by the 85th Legislature and what it could mean for your school community as well as a look at the education issues to be considered during the special session that starts July 18. We’ll wrap up with an opportunity for discussion and Q&A. The TASA lobby team includes:
      Amy Beneski, deputy executive director, Governmental Relations
    Amy Beneski joined the TASA staff in 2002. She previously served as the assistant general counsel for the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Edwards University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, which is now Texas A&M School of Law.

    Ramiro Canales, assistant executive director, Governmental Relations
    Ramiro Canales joined the TASA staff in 2005. Prior to that, he served as an assistant attorney general in the General Litigation Division of the Texas Attorney General Office, worked for the late State Rep. Irma Rangel, and taught a Texas politics course at The University of Texas at Austin. Canales earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Southwestern University, a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs (UT Austin), and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law.

    Casey McCreary, assistant executive director, Education Policy and Leadership Development
    Casey McCreary joined the TASA staff in 2007. She began her career teaching in Mesquite and Richardson ISDs and later worked at the Texas Education Agency as the state director of reading. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University, a master’s degree in Learning Technology and Information Systems from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Doctor of Education through the Cooperative Superintendency Program at The University of Texas at Austin.