Talking Points for the 2019 Legislative Session

2018 Report on School Mandates: Cost Drivers in Public Education

  • Unfunded Mandates Report 2018 Each session, TASA and TASB update the “Report on School District Mandates: Cost Drivers in Education,” a comprehensive list of state mandates on school districts that contribute significantly to the rising costs of public education. First compiled in 2002, it includes the majority of mandates passed since 1995 — those Texas laws and regulations that are likely to impose significant implementation costs either collectively or by themselves — but it is not a complete list of all mandates on Texas school districts.

    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 2018 report.

    See the 2017 report.

    See the 2015 report.

Sign Up to Testify During the 2019 Legislative Session

  • The 86th Texas Legislature convenes January 8, and it’s critically important that legislators hear from superintendents and administrators from across the state throughout the session. Many superintendents and administrators have asked how they can help. You are needed to testify before committees on various issues, make office visits, and just be present during hearings and floor debates.

    TASA has created a simple online form for members to sign up to assist the association’s advocacy efforts during session. If you are interested in advocating for TASA’s 2019 Legislative Priorities and positions during the upcoming session, please complete this form to indicate your subject matter preferences and availability to come to Austin during the session. We will do our best to accommodate topics and schedules with volunteers.