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Understanding your School Board

About School Board Members

Who is eligible to serve as a school board member?

To find out, please read the “What are the eligibility requirements to run for a school board trustee?” section of the Frequently Asked Questions about Running for School Board (pdf). 

How are school board members elected?

School district trustees are elected by popular vote. Whether an election is by majority or plurality vote is a matter of local policy. In a majority voting system, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to win. This may require more than one election. In a plurality voting system, the candidate with the highest number of votes wins.

When are school board members elected?

School board elections may only be held on the first Saturday in May or the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Special elections to fill vacancies that occur between elections may be held as appropriate.

Once elected, are trustees required to undergo any training?

School board members in Texas are required to participate in numerous types of continuing education. Get more information on Texas School Board Member Continuing Education (pdf).  

Board members determine needs with their board annually by reviewing Framework for School Board Development on the TEA website—a document that outlines the tasks an effective board performs in its governing capacity. Continuing education courses that address these needs are available through a variety of sources.



Why are school boards needed? What is the primary function of the board and its members?