Advocacy (noun): the act of giving public support for a cause or proposal.

During our 2021-22 opening year, through a School of Excellence survey, CSE PTA members expressed a desire to improve education by growing family engagement in advocacy. This page provides some basic resources for our community to become familiar with Texas public education, information about how we can advocate for better education for our students, as well as some near-term "action alerts" for PTA members.

January 2023 - Advocacy News & Opportunities

  • Texas PTA Rally Day is an opportunity for PTA members from all over Texas to come together in Austin, learn about the legislative priorities of Texas PTA, and then meet with their elected lawmakers to discuss issues and policies we want them to address in the current 88th Texas Legislative Session.

  • The next Regular Meeting of the DSISD Board of Trustees is on Tuesday, January 17 at 6pm, in the Central Admin Office Board Room (510 W. Mercer Street, Dripping Springs TX). The Agenda and livestream link will be posted on BoardBook prior to the meeting.

  • The DSISD Board is also holding multiple Bond Workshops in December through February, to determine what the district's next steps are with regards to the 2022 DSISD Bond propositions which voters rejected in November 2022.

    • December 14 - Bond Planning Workshop

    • January 4 - Bond Workshop - Survey Results

    • January 24 - Bond Workshop - Cost Estimator

    • February 7 - Bond Workshop - Bond Packaging Options

Education in Texas

There are many levels and entities that make up the public education system in Texas.

Federal Funding and Requirements come from the US Department of Education and other departments, and include things like IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), as well as programs like Head Start, School Lunch Program, and more.

State Funding and Requirements come from the Texas Education Agency (TEA - commissioner appointed by the governor), State Board of Education, and Texas Legislature.

Local Operations and Accountability are the responsibility of the local school districts, overseen by the superintendent and school board.

Local Advocacy - Learning and Engaging

Board of Trustees: includes links to BoardBook (where meeting agenda/minutes, and livestream/YouTube links are posted), as well as election information, board meeting schedule, and more.

Legislative Information Page: includes who our elected local and state officials are, and links to other resources.

Advisory Committees: describes the various different committees that community members can serve on, including Long Range Facilities Planning, Bond Steering, GT Advisory, Student Health, Campus Advisory Councils. Many of these committees have sub-pages where you can find their meeting schedules and materials.

Check out their website for information and updates about our local planning/zoning, transportation, and economic development.

The county website includes info about our elected officials (like county judge, commissioners) as well as county departments such as emergency services, law enforcement, elections administration.

State Advocacy with Texas PTA

The 88th Texas Legislative session is coming up in January-May 2023. As session approaches, CSE PTA will continue to grow our knowledge and skills so that we can effectively advocate for our students and our school.