Engaging with Policymakers Toolkit

  • Resources to assist you as you engage with your elected officials in an effort to influence legislation and policy to benefit Texas public schools and students

    TASA’s 2019 Legislative Priorities
    During the 86th session of the Texas Legislature, TASA will support or initiate legislation that aligns with the association’s priorities and work with other associations and groups to advocate for the following priorities. A cornerstone priority of TASA members is local control and flexibility, as school districts must be able to respond to the differing needs of students, educators, parents, and communities they serve. Review the 2019 priorities.

    TASA's Talking Points for the 2019 Legislative Session
    TASA has prepared a series of talking points documents intended for use by school leaders when discussing important issues with legislators during the session. Download the talking points.

    Side-by-Side Comparison of 2019 House and Senate School Finance Bills
    Raise Your Hand Texas (RYHT) has shared a document providing a side-by-side comparison of HB 3 and SB 4, the school finance bills in each chamber. Download the comparison (updated April 1, 2019)

    Joint Legislative Agenda on Charter School Transparency
    Teacher groups, school administrators, school board members, and public education advocates have come together to support a legislative agenda that will increase the transparency and efficiency of charter schools in Texas. Get the details.

    Who Represents Me? Find Out Who Represents You at the Texas Capitol
    Who Represents Me provides information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education.

    Legislative Advocacy 101
    TASA Governmental Relations produced a list of tips for how to meaningfully engage legislators on topics important to Texas public education. Download it in PPT form to make a presentation, or download this two-page PDF flier to share.

    Legislative Dates of Interest
    This list includes important dates for the regular session of the 86th Texas Legislature coming up in January 2019. Download the list.

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.