Advocacy Resources

Critical Information/Documents

Internet Postings Required of School Districts (updated September 2016)

Contracts and Disclosure of Parties: Who Is Interested? (summer 2016)

Ethical Disclosures 2.0: HB 23 in the Era of Transparency (fall 2015)

85th Legislative Session – 2017

TASA/TASB Report on School District Mandates: Cost Drivers in Public Education (January 2017)

2017 TASA Legislative Priorities (August 2016)

Current Issues in Education

Final Report of the Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability (August 2016)

Setting Aside A-F is a Legislative Imperative (August 2016)

84th Legislative Session 2015

House Interim Charges Related to Public Education (November 2015)

Senate Interim Charges Related to Public Education (November 2015)

TASA's 2015 Final Bill Report

TEA Briefing Book on Texas Public Education Legislation

Presentation Slides from TASA Legislative Update at the UT/TASA Summer Conference on Education (June 2015)

TASA's Initial Bill Summary Report (Final Bill Report available above.)

2015 TASA Legislative Priorities

Education Service Centers: Providing Vital Support to School Districts

Texas High Performance Schools Consortium Report to the 84th Legislature (December 2014)

TASA/TASB Report on School District Mandates: Cost Drivers in Public Education (March 2015)

83rd Legislative Session 2013

2013 Final Bill Report

Summary of HB 5 (as signed into law)

Texas High Performance Schools Consortium Report to the 83rd Texas Legislature (December 2012)

Sample Voucher Resolution (pdf)

Sample Voucher Resolution (docx)

2013 Grassroots Campaign

Teacher Retirement System

TRS Pension Benefit Study 2012

TRS-Care Sustainability Study 2012

A Snapshot of TRS: A Strong Economic Driver in Texas

The Truth About TRS

TRS: A Great Value for ALL Texans

Other Reports/Studies/Information

Cargill Letter on Revisions to Math Standards

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.