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Overview of Continuing Education Requirements for School Board Members

Continuing Education Required of Local School Board Members 


New Board Members 

Experienced Board Members 


Local District Orientation 

Required within 60 days before or after election or appointment (no specified length of time)

Not Required 

Local district

Orientation to the Texas Education Code 

3 hours 

Not Required 

Education Service Center

Update to the Texas Education Code 


Not Required 

After legislative session: length determined by issues addressed in legislation

Any registered provider

Team Building Session/Assessment of Continuing Education Needs of the Board-Superintendent Team 


At least 3 hours 

At least 3 hours each year 

Any registered provider

Additional Continuing Education, based on assessed needs and the Framework for Governance Leadership


 At least 10 hours

At least 5 hours each year

Any registered provider

Continuing Education Required of All Elected Public Officials - Effective 1/1/2006


First Year Board Member

Experienced Board Member 


Open Meetings Training


1 hour
Required within 90 days of election or appointment

Attorney General's Office or other approved provider

Public Information Act Training (Boards may delegate this training to the district's public information coordinator) 


Check local district policy for any board requirement (BBD Local)

Attorney General's Office or other approved provider


For further information about Open Government Training visit here:
Attorney General of Texas Website
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