Becoming a school board member – do you have what it takes?

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Confused about how to get involved to impact education? Find out how to run for a position on your public school governing board. Photo: iStock.

Hundreds of public school governing board seats in Arizona will be up for election this November and the deadline for submitting petitions to be on the ballot is just a few months away.

If you’ve ever thought about running—but don’t know where to start—the Arizona School Board Association‘s campaign, “Do You Have What it Takes? Become a Public School Board Member,” can help.

ASBA is hosting free informational webinars in March and April that cover the basics of board service and what it takes to run.

6:30-7pm Tuesday, March 29

  • Stories from three diverse school board members about their own experiences
  • Why serve?
  • Eligibility and the basics of running for office
  • Commonly asked questions about board service

Noon-1pm Wednesday, April 20

  • What school board members do (and what they don’t do)
  • Legal basis for governing board
  • Ethics for effective board members
  • Support available to board members once elected

During both webinars, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to be answered live. A free informational booklet, flyers, videos and registration for webinars can be found on the ASBA website,

ASBA will also send representatives to speak to organizations or community groups. Fill out the online speaker-request form.

Prospective board candidates in Maricopa County must file petitions to run between July 11 and Aug. 10.

The Arizona School Boards Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting elected local governance of public education and continuous improvement of student success by providing leadership and assistance to school district governing boards statewide. ASBA represents more than 1,000 school board members and more than 1 million Arizona children.