January 2014 is School Board Recognition Month, a time to thank the 7,300 locally elected leaders who deeply care about the success of all Texas children. These dedicated men and women serve without pay on local boards. Each year the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) encourages education and community leaders to show appreciation to these people for their unfailing commitment to the students in their charge.
“Please join me in recognizing the service of local boards as they strive for excellence in our public schools,” said James B. Crow, TASB executive director. “The long hours and enormous responsibilities of school board service often are not visible to those who may not fully understand the challenges facing public education. Yet, these local trustees embrace hard work as they demonstrate compassion and concern for the success and well being of every Texas student. They work closely with parents and educators to develop sound education policies in their districts and set high standards for student success.
“In communities across the state, school board members willingly step forward to tackle serious issues, deal with financial uncertainties, and still provide excellent education experiences for all of our children. We urge every community to thank local board members and support them as they tackle this important job. Join us in applauding them for making the time to care about the future of Texas schoolchildren, their local communities, and this state,” he said.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve approximately 5 million public school students.