Following a special called board meeting, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) announced May 23 that it was ending its membership in the National School Boards Association (NSBA) following the release of an independent investigation that found operational deficiencies and lack of internal controls and processes within NSBA.
TASB had been actively monitoring NSBA efforts to rebuild trust following the release of a Sept. 29 letter to the Biden administration. On Monday, May 23, the TASB Board of Directors met to discuss the report — which discloses new details about the development of the NSBA Sept. 29 letter — and decided to leave the national group.
“We have been intently waiting for the release of this independent investigation for nearly two months,” said TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell. “With this report now available, it’s clear that NSBA’s internal processes and controls do not meet the good governance practices that TASB expects and requires in a member organization.”
While Troxell acknowledged that some improvements have been made under NSBA’s new leadership, he also noted that change efforts have not been aggressive enough to overcome TASB’s concerns.
“Our decision to end our membership in the NSBA will not impact TASB’s work to ensure Texas public education has a strong voice and presence in Washington, D.C.,” said Troxell. “As always, we’re focused on supporting our members and the advancement of their advocacy agenda — both here in Austin and in our nation’s capital.”
The release is posted online. About TASB
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.4 million students.