Local school trustee helps finalize state education group’s platform

Amie Lott, board member for the Brady Independent School District, was one of approximately 100 school board members elected to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Legislative Advisory Council. The council met in Austin on May 13 to finalize recommendations for the association’s 2000-2002 legislative program. The council discussed issues related to school finance, personnel, students and governance. The recommended legislative program will now go to TASB’s Legislative Committee and Board of Trustees for final approval. In addition, the council selected four of its members to serve to two-year terms on the TASB Legislative Committee. Each region in the state is represented on the council by four to 10 delegates. Student enrollment determines the number of regional representatives. This year, there are 104 members. They reviewed and consolidated ideas from 21 regional grassroots meetings. TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. Its membership includes 1,046 school districts and county school boards, 44 junior colleges, 48 central appraisal districts, 156 cooperatives and 20 education service centers. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent have a combined annual budget of more than $21 billion and employ more then 500,000 people.

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