Select TASB Committee meets to set legislative priorities

San Benito CISD school board secretary Michael A. Vargas attended a Texas Association of School Board (TASB) Legislative Committee meeting in Grapevine, Texas, working alongside fellow committee members to set priorities in preparation for the next legislative session.

Vargas, elected in June by the Legislative Advisory Council to serve a two-year term, explained that representation from the youth — the next generation of leaders — is important as the work performed by committee members also allows for the Rio Grande Valley interests and perspectives to be voiced.

This marks the first time since the 1990’s that the Rio Grande Valley has received representation by having someone from the Valley serve on this particular committee.

“Having a seat at the table is extremely important as we set our legislative priorities that we will advocate for and take to the state legislature in the next legislative session,” Vargas said. “Being the youngest on this body, and especially after only completing one year on the SBCISD board and holding this position, I hope it can encourage other millennials to take part in their own boards back home and seek other opportunities such as getting elected to the legislative committee.”

Vargas explained that the opportunity to attend the session serves as a chance to collaborate with other elected school board leaders from all over the state of Texas. Individuals attending represented different district sizes, demographics, and also have different priorities, with the meeting serving as a step in prioritizing key priorities.

“Despite our varying identities and perspectives, though, we all have one important thing in common: to fight relentlessly for all students and to protect public education,” Vargas said. “As a member of the Legislative Committee, it was great to be a part of a select few to help prioritize TASB’s cornerstone principles, legislative priorities, and resolutions.”

With the committee’s approval of such, as well as the approval received by the TASB Board of Directors, these recommendations are now set to go the TASB Delegate Assembly for final approval in September at a meeting being held in conjunction with the annual TASA/TASB Convention, which is scheduled for September 23-25 in Houston.

The committee will also attend a TASB Board Meeting in December at the TASB Headquarters in Austin.