Texas School Boards
Texas school districts and charters are overseen by school boards. The boards of independent school districts are elected by the citizens of their communities, while the boards of charter schools are appointed.
In each instance, the school board oversees the management of the district or charter school and ensures that the superintendent implements and monitors district operations. The board and the superintendent work together as a team to bring about the best education possible for the boys and girls they serve.
To make sure they carry their job out appropriately, school trustees are required to receive training in the laws and rules of the state education system.
Should the management of a district or charter fail to carry out its duty, the commissioner of education has the authority to impose a sanction by installing a monitor, conservator or board of managers. At any given time, only about a dozen of the more than 1,200 school districts and charters receive this type of school governance intervention.
Eligibility Requirements (Tex. Elec. Code § 141.001)
An individual is eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a Texas school board if the individual:
Resources for Board Candidates
Frequently Asked Questions about Running for School Board (Texas Association of School Boards)
Become a Board Member (Texas Association of School Boards)
Training Video for School Board Candidates (Texas Association of School Boards)
First Steps for Candidates Running for School Board Trustee (Texas Ethics Commission) Click on School Board Candidate
Texas Secretary of State - Elections Division / Candidate Information
Once you have made a decision to run for the school board, follow these general practices to ensure you conduct your campaign ethically
These practices will not only demonstrate your leadership to the community but will also help you establish a positive foundation for working with other school board members and administrators if you do get elected to serve. After all, since school board members have authority only as a corporate body, not as individuals, this cooperation is essential to accomplish any positive results for your district.