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The following resources can help you set up and conduct your board of education candidate campaign:


Free candidate webinars

These webinars cover common questions that arise as candidates are considering running for a seat on their board of education:


OSBA candidate training sessions

OSBA offers several workshops for board of education candidates. 

Pre-Board Candidate Workshop • Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-noon at the OSBA Office in Columbus • free
This free workshop describes the roles and responsibilities of school board service and requirements for running for a seat on a local board of education. This workshop will be led by two veteran OSBA staff members and include time for questions. This session is for people who are thinking about running for their school board and current board of education members appointed to office who must now run for election.

OSBA Board Candidate Workshops • $50
Led by OSBA experts, these five sessions held around the state will lead candidates through a concise and valuable program to help them better understand the everyday roles and responsibilities of school board members and the legal aspects of being a board member. Choose the option that best fits your schedule and click on the link to register:


OSBA publication

"Candidate: A practical guide to running for school board" • $15
This OSBA publication answers commonly asked questions related to getting started as a candidate. Topics covered include management of the campaign committee, financial reporting and ethical issues. Click to purchase