Advocacy Resources

2017 Report on School Mandates: Cost Drivers in Public Education

  • Each session, TASA and TASB update the “Report on School District Mandates: Cost Drivers in Education,” a comprehensive list of state mandates placed on school districts that contribute significantly to the rising costs of public education. The document, first compiled in 2002, encompasses the majority of mandates passed since 1995 but does not contain a complete list of all mandates on Texas school districts. It includes only those Texas laws and regulations that are likely to impose significant implementation costs either collectively or by themselves.

    The goal of the revised report is to assist school leaders in identifying the most significant unfunded or underfunded mandates and in calculating the cost of implementing those mandates in their districts. School officials can help legislators understand the number of unfunded or underfunded mandates imposed on school districts by quantifying the costs of existing mandates, estimating the costs of mandates proposed during subsequent legislative sessions, and continuing to dialogue with their legislative representatives. Download the 2017 report.

Good News About Texas Public Schools

  • FOTPS 2016 poster

    This poster, featuring a few of the latest achievements of Texas public schools, was sent in November 2016 to every campus and superintendent in Texas, thanks to Friends of Texas Public Schools. Please post them for all to see! Also see this compilation of news about Texas public schools; it could be useful in your advocacy efforts.