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August 20, 2019 Communique


August 2019


Accountability & Assessment

-2019 Accountability & PBMAS data posted in TEAS

-Accountability data posted publicly on TEA website

-Post current accountability ratings, TAPR Report and School Report Card on district website by 10th day of the school year (TEC§39.362)

-Schools post accountability on their website by the 10th day of instruction (TEC§39.362)


Admin & Leadership

-Review inclement weather procedures with administrative team

-Hold district/campus SBDM Committee elections

-Distribute/public Notification of Parents' Rights

-Distribute copies of TEC§37 & local discipline policies to professional staff before the start of school (TEC§37.018)

-Review/amend Student Code of Conduct and post on website

-Review sexual harassment procedures with staff and students

-Annual UIL Mandatory training for Academic/Athletic Staff

-Required Anti-bullying training

UIL Safety (SB82) & Concussion Trainng (HB2038)

-Update Ask TED

-DCSI Superintendent Attestation Statement due: August 30

-Bus Accident Report Survey due:August 31

Federal/State Programs

-Federal Programs compliance report due for previous year



-Prepare final budget amendment for prior year for September 1st FY

-Post on website adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance & operations than last year's tax rate, if applicable

-Post on website summary of proposed budget if it maintains a website; summary must be concurrently posted with notice of budget

-Prominently post on the district's website for three years an external link to the budget adopted by the Board of Trustees

-Publish notice of public meeting to discuss buget and proposed tax rate (Publish at least 10 days before meeting)

-Hold meeting to adopt budget & proposed tax rate on or before Aug 31 for Sept 1st FY


School Board

-Hold budget workshops for Sept 1 FY

-Hold public hearing/Adopt budget for September 1st FY

-Approve health insurance rates (as appropriate)

-Order of Trustee election & post notice for November election

-Adopt Student Code of Conduct

-Adopt district/campus improvement plan

-Approve waivers as needed


Special Education

-2019-2020 Special Ed Consolidated Grant Application due late August or early September

-Monitor special ed expenditures from the general fund to ensure on track for MOE compliance



-Publish Annual Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career Technology Education Programs

-Establish./approve Local School Health Advisory Council (TEC


Doris Day

There is power in a thank you!


These three stories, each in its own way, I think, captures the power.


1.      “I was a busy mom running errands and while stopped at a red light I was rear-ended. The driver and his wife were so worried about their insurance covering the repairs that they made me promise to let them know when my car was fixed. I dropped them a note to thank them for their concern and to let them know that all was well. I received the sweetest note back, reading, ‘You run into the nicest people’.”


2.      “I got a letter from a former student. I had retired from Margate Elementary School and moved, but somehow he found my address. He thanked me for requiring him to read on Christmas, Sundays, and even his birthday because his ability to read manuals allowed him to be a Marine helicopter repairman. He is now a corporal and told me he was deployed. I volunteer with Operation Shoebox, and we sent goody bags for his unit. I got a big thank you letter and a picture of the Marines in front of their helicopter. He told me that some of the Marines had tears in their eyes because they never even get a letter from home.”


3.      “Jenny was one of two people up for an amazing job. After several interviews, the HR recruiter rejected her based on her experience and hired the other candidate.  Rather than get mired down in feeling rejected, Jenny did something few would do in her situation: she created a ‘thank you’ poster and sent it to the recruiter - solely in gratitude for being considered.


She used a large sheet of paper and used colored markers to decorate it. She drew the logo of the company, wrote words that resonated with the brand and the position, and made sure the center focus was a big ‘thank you’ personalized to the recruiter, including a few sentences thanking her for the consideration. It was cheesy, but it was fun, it fit the brand, and it was definitely unexpected.


Shortly after, Jenny heard back from the recruiter.


Here's what the recruiter said, ‘Thank you's are so rare in our society nowadays, and that's quite sad - if there's one thing I've gained out of all my past experiences, it's that gratitude and appreciation are so important in shaping you as a person.’




Jenny had said ‘thank you’ when she probably didn't feel like it. But with a bit of time, creativity, and a stamp, she solidified a powerful relationship with this recruiter.

This would have been a nice story, but this isn't where the story ends. It gets better.


I'll let her tell it,

‘Remember that recruiter I just told you about who acknowledged my (cheesy) thank you poster, despite me being rejected for the role she interviewed me for? This morning, she offered me a different role that popped up - the one I really wanted.


She had mentioned in a previous e-mail that she would keep in touch due to my energy and passion, but I think it was mainly because of the thank you note (especially since she said it was next to her computer).’


Who would have thought that a simple thank you poster after a rejection could land you your dream job?"


It did. And just like that, Jenny starts that dream job this month.”


All of this to say, we just finished the most pro-public education legislative session in my memory…and I have a long memory! Legislators worked long hours and sweated bullets trying to pass legislation to improve education and to make your job easier. House Bill 3 is only one of hundreds of bills that targeted you and your work in a positive way.


I am aware that the benefits of HB 3 were uneven. The “wealth” was not evenly distributed. However, that was not because of a lack of effort on the part of many (most) legislators. Almost every one of them left Austin with a smile and a feeling of pride for the good they had done for the school children and school districts they represent.

If your district was a “winner” and your budget was easier to build than usual…why not thank your representative and senator? If you are the “hero” in your school because of the generous raises your board gave to employees…don’t forget to thank your representative and senator. If you didn’t get any additional money and you are left to pay salary increases, teacher training, and full-day pre-K out of local money…go ahead and thank your representative and senator. Next session you may be one of the “winners”!


There is power in a thank you!


Each of you has a tough job, with its own challenges and rewards. You work long hours. Thank you for the difference you are making in children’s lives and in our state!



san antonio riverwalkTHE TACS SAN ANTONIO CONFERENCE sponsored by School Specialty 


We're less than ONE MONTH out from our San Antonio conference! Prices increase by $50 on August 24th, so sign up now!

Why not join the TACS staff and many other school leaders this year in San Antonio on September 8th-10th at our TACS SAN ANTONIO CONFERENCE sponsored by School Specialty? Held on the Riverwalk at the Palacio del Rio Hilton, this two and a half day event is filled with great information, good food, fantastic fun, wonderful fellowship, and all of the excitement the Riverwalk can bring!

Bring a team. The program will appeal to all educators and school board members, and CPU credits will be awarded. Just click here to register for the TACS SAN ANTONIO CONFERENCE sponsored by School Specialty. It may be the most valuable dollars you spend this year! And don’t forget to experience the city while you are there!

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TACS Wellness Tip

water colorTry something new! Take a class, pick up a new hobby, or check out a new museum or park. You can even bring the whole family! New experiences bring you out of your comfort zone and give your brain a workout.



tevA Word from Texas Educators Vote

by Laura Yeager


Welcome back!

There is hope and excitement in the air, as students, teachers, and staff return to schools to start the new academic year. Thank you for all you do to improve lives every day. We wish you a healthy, happy, safe, and productive year, as you nurture our most valuable resource – Texas students.


To Do:

Just get settled and get ready for our next update where we will roll out our new voting tools and fun helpful hints for modeling civic engagement and becoming an informed voter.


Social Media Posts to share:

“Thank you for being heroes for Texas kids!” #txed #txlege #vote

“Wishing you a healthy, happy, safe, and productive school year.” #txed #txlege #vote 

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News From Other Organizations

New "HB 3 in 30" Video from TEA

TEA's newest video in the "HB 3 in 30" series that takes a deep dive into school finance reform covers the changes to reporting requirements and the creation of the Do Not Hire Registry. Watch here. You can find supporting documents and additional resources on TEA'swebpage dedicated to HB 3.

Miss last week's video on the CCMR/Outcomes Bonus? You can still find it on TEA's YouTube page here.


Reminder: Submit Your Annual Bus Accident Report Survey


The TEA has created a web-based survey for you to use in reporting bus accident information. The survey will be open through August 31. The survey, as well as a PDF that allows you to preview the survey questions, is available on the TEA Bus Accident Reporting System web page.


Every school district and open-enrollment charter school must use the survey to submit its own individual report by August 31. If no accidents meeting the reporting requirements occurred during the school year, your school district or charter school must submit a report showing zero as the number of bus accidents.


A note on what to report: If an accident involved a citation (for either party), your district or charter school must report the accident. For an accident that did not involve a citation, your district or charter school has discretion over whether to report the accident.


Please select your school district or charter school from one of three separate lists in the survey. The lists are arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the school district or charter school. The three lists are organized by school districts or charter schools that begin with A–G, H–R, and S–Z.


You can find more information on bus accident reporting requirements and on the survey on the TEA Bus Accident Reporting System web page. If you have questions, please contact Soyoung Lee in the TEA’s State Funding division at (512) 463-9534 or






Contact Information

Texas Association of Community Schools
1011 San Jacinto Blvd., Ste. 204
Austin, Texas 78701-1924
Phone: (512) 440-8227
Fax: (512) 442-6705

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