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  • Closed Meetings - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Closed Meetings - Hard Copy
    This material reviews the basics on closed meetings: exceptions, the procedure for conducting closed meetings, who can attend, closed meeting records and who has access to them, and the consequences of violating the Texas...
  • Compensation of School District Employees - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Compensation of School District Employees - Hard Copy
    One of the most important decisions your board makes every year is setting compensation for district employees. This TASB Legal Services outline addresses a range of topics including salaries, stipends, contracts, bonuses,...
  • Electronic Records: Legal Issues and Best Practices - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Electronic Records: Legal Issues and Best Practices - Hard Copy
    Please note this publication has not been updated with changes from the 85th Legislative Session. Public information laws and state records retention requirements include e-mail as public records. As a result, complicated...
  • Grading and Class Rank Issues - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Grading and Class Rank Issues - Hard Copy
     This outline covers grading and class rank issues that puzzle even the most savvy of districts. The materials include information about the school board's grading policy, local class rank policies, the top ten percent...
  • Grievances - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Grievances - Hard Copy
    This material charts the course through the school district grievance process. It identifies the traps and provides guidelines for successfully resolving grievances from the lowest to the highest level. Topics include the...
  • Hearing Guide for Expulsions - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Hearing Guide for Expulsions - Hard Copy
    This sample script provides guidance for the presiding officer to reference during an expulsion hearing before the board. Though the district's attorney may assist the district in modifying the script to fit the district's...
  • Hearing Guide for Grievances - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Hearing Guide for Grievances - Hard Copy
    This sample script provides nuts-and-bolts guidance to the presiding officer in a grievance hearing at Level Three. Although the district's attorney will advise how to use or modify the script for a particular hearing, this...
  • Hearing Guide for Nonrenewal (Term Contracts) - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Hearing Guide for Nonrenewal (Term Contracts) - Hard Copy
    This sample script provides guidance to the presiding officer in a nonrenewal hearing before the board. Although the district’s attorney will advise how to use or modify the script for a particular nonrenewal hearing,...
  • Nepotism Issues for School Officials - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Nepotism Issues for School Officials - Hard Copy
    This outline explains the nepotism rules affecting superintendents and school board trustees. The outline includes an explanation of which relatives are not eligible for hire and of the exceptions to the nepotism prohibition...
  • Nonrenewals - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Nonrenewals - Hard Copy
    This outline covers deadlines, grounds, and procedures that districts need to understand to navigate the nonrenewal process. This revised publication includes information from Senate Bill 8, passed in the 2011 Special...
  • Open Meetings Act Basics - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Open Meetings Act Basics - Hard Copy
    This material addresses difficult questions faced by board members as they seek to comply with the Texas Open Meeting Act. Topics include voting, how to calculate a quorum, overnight recesses, how to handle public comment...
  • Public Information Act - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Public Information Act - Hard Copy
    This material provides basic information about the Public Information Act. Topics discussed include what constitutes public information, how to deal with requests, what information is exempt from disclosure, and related...
  • Public Participation In (and Out of) Board Meetings - Hard Copy
    $20.00 Public Participation In (and Out of) Board Meetings - Hard Copy
    Is there any limit to what the public can say or do at board meetings? How far do citizens' free speech rights go? This outline analyzes questions about the First Ammendment and Open Meetings Act while offering some...
  • School Attendance and Admissions Issues - Hard Copy
    $20.00 School Attendance and Admissions Issues - Hard Copy
    This outline covers the tough admission questions that your districts face each year, including a basic overview of which students a district must admit and what documentation these students must present. The materials also...