There has been a bit of controversy around teachers in Texas putting together Amazon Wishlists to get the back-to-school supplies they need. There is an initiative called #ClearTheLists which encourages teachers to put their wishlists together and for the public to clear them.
It’s kind of a big deal.
But, in districts across Texas, many teachers are receiving pushback from administrators who are telling teachers that they need to ask permission first, and citing local policy. Here’s where that local policy came from, in the case of Katy ISD, and possibly around the state.
In early 2017, TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) provided Katy ISD with their recommendations for changes to local policy.
When you hear ‘consent agenda’ at a school board meeting, you are witnessing an impressive political trick. In seconds, a single vote can push through any number of policy changes. If you don’t want the public to talk about something, put it in a consent agenda. We always have time to accept district ‘awards’ from organizations we pay to be a member of, but that pesky agenda part, we just don’t have the time for.
After a bit of digging, I found it.
You’ll find the policy changes regarding teacher fundraising in a 21-page document called the “TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 107”, all of which is just item 14 of 21 other items of the Katy ISD’s April 24th, 2017 consent agenda.
You can read these recommendations by TASB: (or view the full pdf):
And here is the current policy as of the date of this article.
I am not an attorney, I’m just a parent of average intelligence. My reading of that policy suggests that if you don’t use the image or name of your district, school or students in your Amazon Wishlist, you don’t need permission.
Happy fundraising teachers, and welcome back. If you are a teacher in Katy ISD with a Wishlist, feel free to add it to the list below. I’ve purchased from everyone on the list so far, and I’ll do my best to continue doing so. I ran into a couple teachers I donated to at my son’s meet the teacher, and their joy and appreciation was so heartwarming.
You can watch the board meeting here, item 6.1 is the consent agenda.
I watched the work study meeting, and didn’t see any discussions of the changes to teacher fundraising. You can watch that meeting here.
Here is a link to CDC(local) which shows the current policy at the time this post was published.