Is the hatred in America covered under student free speech?
Special breakout session at Law Conference
The 2017-2018 school year is getting started, and school districts nationwide should expect students to want to discuss what happened in Charlottesville as well as other expressions of racial and religious hatred in the country. While such discussions are often seen as politically charged, it is important to understand students’ First Amendment Rights on free speech to ensure school district value the safety of every person, the dignity of every resident, the respect of every background, the equality of every opportunity and the strength of every collaboration that promotes the common good and civic responsibility. Dig deep into this topic by attending the breakout session, “T-Shirts, Flags and Bumper Stickers: The Current Law on Student Free Speech Expression,” at the 41st Annual Law Conference, September 6-8 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge.
Gilbert superintendent position closes today, Aug. 16
The Gilbert Public School District has been looking for new superintendent. This position will close today by noon. ASBA offers a wide range of search services, from full searches for a new superintendent to advertising for an interim superintendent. ASBA is the only member organization that represents every school district in Arizona and has access to all school leaders.
Voting records reveal legislators’ levels of support for public education
Just as students are getting back to their studies, education advocacy groups are hoping parents and community members will be doing some studying of their own, not of English and math, but of how Arizona legislators voted in 2017 on key bills impacting public schools and the students they serve. View how legislators were rated on whether their overall voting record during the session was supportive of public education or not.
Become ASBA’s most influential award winners
Participate in the Annual Awards program
Don’t forget to nominate your school governing board, school programs and students for ASBA’s Annual Awards Program. Nominations open Tues., September 5 and due October 27, 2017. Honorees are recognized at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference.
Step up and present at the Annual Conference, deadline Sept. 15
Share your district success by presenting at the Annual Conference, December 15-16, 2017. Proposals are now open and will close Fri., September 15, 2017. ASBA is seeking proposals that enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of board members and superintendents, share promising strategies and best practices that can be replicated by other districts and demonstrate innovative ideas and solutions that are showing effectiveness.
Get involved with ASBA-Your board can propose ASBA bylaw changes
Each year, your school governing board can determine if they wish to put forth any changes or amendments to the ASBA Bylaws. This is an option and not required by your board. If your board decides to put forth an amendment, please view the model agenda item as an example.
All proposed changes must be received no later than Friday, September 15, 2017.
To view or download ASBA’s current bylaws, click here. Electronic voting on proposed changes will begin in this November. Please note this is separate from the Delegate Assembly process.
If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Sisk by e-mail.
The Trust thanks members with new benefits
A little more than 30 years ago, the Trust was launched with just five members. Since then, our membership has grown to 250 districts and community colleges. During this period, the Trust resolved approximately 47,000 claims, representing $395 million in claim payments to, or on behalf of, our members. Likewise, in its 21 years of operation, the Alliance has launched a letter to our members.
41st Annual Law Conference, September 6-8, 2017
Don’t miss the caucus meetings
View agenda details and register. All board members are encouraged to attend caucus meetings at the Law Conference. The Hispanic Native American Indian Caucus meeting will take place on Thurs., September 7 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and the Black Caucus meeting will take place on Fri., September 8 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Membership in the Black Caucus and the Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus is open to all school board members interested in doing more to meet and address the specific educational needs of students of color in their communities.
2017 County Meetings, September 19-October 25, 2017
ASBA County Meetings begin September 19 – October 25, 2017 and will provide opportunities for ASBA officers and staff to share state-level issues and celebrate board member training accomplishments with the Superior Training Accomplishments & Recognition (STAR) Awards. We hope that your district leadership team will attend and help make this a time to celebrate board accomplishments and dig deep into best practices in superintendent and board evaluations.
View the agenda:
5 p.m. Registration and Networking
5:30 p.m. Welcome
5:45 p.m. Dinner and Entertainment
6 p.m. Introductions by ASBA
- (If applicable) Election for County Director seat on ASBA’s Board of Directors
- 2018 Legislative Preview and Litigation Update
- Best Practices in Superintendent and Board Evaluations
- Presentation of Academy of Board Development Awards
(STAR Awards including Copper – 150 hours, Turquoise – 300 hours, Silver – 450 hours and Gold – 600 hours)