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OPEN MEETINGS ACT TRAINING

Within 90 days after taking the oath of office, each board member shall complete training regarding the responsibilities of the board and its members under Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code (Texas Open Meetings Act). 

The training shall be not less than one and not more than two hours.  The attorney general may provide the training and may also approve other acceptable sources of training.

TSBVI shall maintain and make available for public inspection the record of its members’ completion of the training.  The failure of one or more members of the board to complete the training does not affect the validity of an action taken by the board.

Gov't Code 551.005

PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT TRAINING

Within 90 days after taking the oath of office, each board member shall complete training regarding the responsibilities of the School and school officers and employees under Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code (Public Information Act).  A board member may designate a public information coordinator to satisfy the training for the board member if the public information coordinator is primarily responsible for administering the responsibilities of the board member or TSBVI under the Public Information Act.  [See GBAA regarding public information coordinator training] 

The Board delegates to the Superintendent the responsibility to ensure that the TSBVI official in charge of coordinating public information satisfies the training requirements of Government Code 552.012 for the board member.

Gov't Code 552.012 

SBOE-REQUIRED TRAINING

Each Board member must complete any training required by the State Board of Education.  The training requirement consists of orientation, team building, and annual continuing education.  To the extent possible, an entire board shall participate in training programs together.  Education Code 11.159; 19 TAC 61.1(b), .1(i)

The State Board of Education’s framework for governance leadership (see BBD-E) shall be distributed annually by the board president to all current board members and the superintendent.  19 TAC 61.1(a)

No training shall take place during a board meeting unless that meeting is called for the delivery of board training.  Training may take place prior to or after a legally called board meeting in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.  19 TAC 61.1(c)

Annually, the State Board of Education shall commend those teams that receive at least eight hours of training in team building and annual continuing as an entire board-superintendent team.  19 TAC 61.1(k)

Reporting 

Annually, at the last regular meeting of the board held during a calendar year, the president shall announce, and the minutes must reflect, the name of each board member who has completed the required training, who has exceeded the required hours of training, and who is deficient in the required training as of the date of the meeting.  The announcement shall include a statement that completion of the required annual training is an obligation and expectation of any board member under SBOE rule.  The President shall cause the minutes to reflect the information and shall make this information available to the local media.  Education Code 11.159; 19 TAC 61.1(j)

Orientation

New Members

Within 60 days before or after a board member’s appointment, a new board member shall participate in a local orientation session.  The purpose of this orientation is to familiarize the new board member with local board policies and procedures and TSBVI goals and priorities.  The orientation shall be at least three hours in length for each new board member and must address TSBVI practices in curriculum and instruction, business and finance operations, School operations, Superintendent’s evaluation, and board member roles and responsibilities.  19 TAC 61.1(b)(1)(A)

Within the first 120 days of service, a newly appointed board member shall receive an orientation to the Texas Education Code Chapter 26 (Parental Rights and Responsibilities) and Texas Education Code 28.004 (School Health Advisory Council and Health Education Instruction).  The orientation shall be delivered by a regional education service center and shall be no less than three hours in length.  19 TAC 61.1(b)(1)(B)

Current Members

Any current board member may attend or participate in the local orientation and orientation to the Education Code offered to new board members.  19 TAC 61.1 (b)(1)(A), (B)

Legislative Updates

After each session of the Texas Legislature, each board member shall receive an update to the basic orientation to the Texas Education Code from a regional education service center or any registered provider.  A board member who has attended a basic orientation session given by a service center that incorporates the most recent legislative changes is not required to attend an additional legislative update.  19 TAC 61.1(b)(1)(D)

Team Building

Annually, the entire Board, including all Board members, shall participate with the Superintendent in a team building session facilitated by a regional education service center or any registered provider.  The team building session shall be of a length deemed appropriate by the Board, but generally at least three hours.

The purpose of the team building session is to enhance the effectiveness of the Board-Superintendent team and to assess the continuing education needs of the Board-Superintendent team.  The session shall include a review of the roles, rights, and responsibilities of the board as outlined in the framework for governance leadership.  The assessment of needs shall be based on the framework for governance leadership (see BBD-E) and shall be used to plan continuing education activities for the governance leadership team for the upcoming year.

19 TAC 61.1(b)(2)

Annual Continuing Education

In addition to the orientation and team building training, all Board members shall receive additional continuing education on an annual basis, in fulfillment of assessed needs and based on the framework for governance leadership. [See BBD-E] The continuing education sessions may be provided by a regional education service center or other registered provider.  19 TAC 61.1(b)(3)

At least 50 percent of the continuing education shall be designed and delivered by persons not employed or affiliated with the School.  No more than one hour of the required continuing education that is delivered by the TSBVI may use self-instructional materials.  19 TAC 61.1(h)

First Year

In the first year of service, a board member shall receive at least ten hours of continuing education.   Up to five of the required ten hours may be fulfilled through online instruction, provided the training is designed and offered by a registered provider, incorporates interactive activities that assess learning and provide feedback to the learner, and offers an opportunity for interaction with the instructor.  19 TAC 61.1(b)(3)(A)

Subsequent Years

After the first year of service, a board member shall receive at least five hours of continuing education annually.  Board members may fulfill the five hours of continuing education through online instruction provided that the training is designed and offered by a registered provider, incorporates interactive activities that assess learning and provide feedback to the learner, and offers an opportunity for interaction with the instructor.  19 TAC 61.1(b)(3)(B)

Board President

The Board President shall receive continuing education related to leadership duties of a board president as some portion of the annual requirement.  19 TAC 61.1(b)(3)(C)

 

Adopted:          9/15/88
Amended:         9/27/90, 9/27/91, 3/27/92, 3/25/94, 3/21/97, 11/19/04, 9/22/06, 4/3/09, 9/20/13, 9/29/17
Reviewed:        11/3/92, 1/31/03