Celebrating 75 Years of TASBO
Throughout its history, TASBO has been honored to serve school business officials – to offer the training, support, and community they deserve. As we celebrate our 75th birthday, we are reminded that, while much has changed, much has stayed the same. TASBO continues to believe that students, families, and communities benefit when school professionals are connected. Additionally, we remain committed to being the constant resource for school business and operations officials for years to come.
This past year, with the assistance of Alpheus Media, TASBO produced a short documentary entitled, "Evolving Public Education in Texas." This 12-minute video provides a background of how and why Texas schools changed, and covers the role TASBO played. An extra video, "Back in the Day", was created that documents anecdotes and stories of past days in the classroom.
“Sometimes you ponder when did school become a business, but at some point, any institution grows to a point where the business processes underlying it become really, really important to their success.”
The Rise of Public Education
Public education changed dramatically as Texas got richer with mechanized agriculture, the oil boom, and the rise of cities as the state population grew. In the post-World War II era, there was a move from a school in the center of town to independent school districts. Additionally, the baby boom that ensued at that time put a real emphasis on K-12 public education. In the 1950s, elementary schools were being built every year, leading to critical bond issues, budgets, and taxes. That made instructional training and school business management essential.
TASBO began in 1946 as a voluntary effort through the Texas Education Agency to help chief financial officers come together and become the best business and operations folks that they could be. For 75 years, TASBO has offered school business officials a place to learn and connect. We are the trusted resource for school finance and operations and, as a result, our members have redefined how to manage Texas schools.