November 2020 Committee on School Initiatives Item 3

Recommended Revisions to the Framework for School Board Development

November 20, 2020

COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES:  ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION:  ACTION

SUMMARY:  This item provides the board an opportunity to consider recommended revisions to the School Board Member Training—Framework for School Board Development. The framework outlines the vision, structure, accountability, advocacy, and unity needed to provide local educational programs and services that promote excellence in student academic achievement.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.159.

The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION:  The State Board of Education (SBOE) chair appointed an ad hoc committee of SBOE members to study the Framework for School Board Development, the current requirements for team building training for local boards of trustees, and qualifications for trainers that provide the teambuilding training. The members of the ad hoc committee were Barbara Cargill, chair; Donna Bahorich; Ruben Cortez, Jr.; Marisa B. Perez-Diaz; and Matt Robinson. At its September 2020 meeting, the SBOE made amendments to the revised Framework for School Board Development proposed by the ad hoc committee and postponed final approval of the framework until November 2020.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION:  The School Board Member Training—Framework for School Board Development was adopted in 1996 to establish a structure for district leadership teams, as a corporate body and as individuals, to gain an understanding of the vision, structure, accountability, advocacy, and unity needed to provide educational programs and services that promote equity and excellence in performance of all students. The framework was amended in 2012. The framework supports the training requirements adopted by the SBOE in 19 TAC §61.1.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Adopt the recommended revisions to the School Board Member Training—Framework for School Board Development
           
Staff Members Responsible:
Jeff Cottrill, Deputy Commissioner, Governance and Accountability
Morris Lyon, Senior Governance Advisor, Governance

Attachment:    
Recommended revisions to School Board Member Training—Framework for School Board Development