Texas Association of School Boards

By: Shirley Hall

Type: General Entry

Published: August 1, 1995

The Texas Association of School Boards organized in Austin in 1949. The first president of TASB was Ray K. Daily. The organization was formed to distribute information to local school boards and to become a political force in school legislation. The Gilmer-Aiken legislation was enacted the same year. During the first five years TASB occupied offices on the University of Texas campus. In 1955 it moved to 1512 Guadalupe. By then two publications, the Texas School Board Newsletter and the School Board Journal, were offered. As the demand for member services grew, publications were increased and legislative, finance, and information booklets and workshops on legislation, governmental relations, and school board member training were offered. Between 1968 and 1978 TASB started a legal department and a much needed policy services department. TASB entered into a school board self-insurance plan, insuring school districts in workmen's compensation in 1974. Health care insurance soon followed as did unemployment insurance. Each of these plans saved school districts millions of dollars that were returned to schools on a pro-rata basis. In 1987 the Texas State School Foundation was established, and buildings were leased at 7620 N. Guadalupe. One new service the Texas Learning Technology Group provides is computerized video disk programs in the classroom. The new program is acclaimed by teachers as a successful new tool in the learning process for students. The Texas Center for Educational Research was established to organize a research pool. TASB, TEA, Texas Association of School Administrators, heads of the State Department of State Government, and the Select Committee on Public Education studied the field and presented a financial plan, acceptable for public education, to present during the Seventy-first legislative session in 1989. The Texas Association of School Boards Director is under the supervision of the local board of trustees. There are over 7,000 elected school board members in Texas. Out of a total of 1,068 school boards in Texas, 1,062 boards are members of TASB.

Rupert N. Richardson, Texas: The Lone Star State (New York: Prentice-Hall, 1943; 4th ed., with Ernest Wallace and Adrian N. Anderson, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1981). Thomas A. Shannon, The Story of the National School Boards Association (Alexandria, Virginia: National School Boards Association, 1987).
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Shirley Hall, “Texas Association of School Boards,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 01, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/texas-association-of-school-boards.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

August 1, 1995