Ed Management Services

2010 Legislation

New School Board Member Training

Chapter 388 of the Laws of 2010 requires all school district and BOCES board members elected or appointed for a first term beginning on or after July 1, 2011 to participate in training within the first year of service.  The training will acquaint new board members with the powers, functions and duties of boards of education, as well as the powers and duties of other governing and administrative authorities affecting public education, with consideration given to the board of education role in educating all students, encouraging the attainment of a higher level of student achievement, and ensuring that students have the opportunity to achieve an education that prepares them to succeed in college or career.  The law requires the New York State Education Department to approve the curriculum offered to meet this requirement, and any training providers.

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Guidelines for Applying for Approval of Curriculum or Providers

Applicants should submit a comprehensive outline (3-10 pages) detailing the depth and breadth of the content of training in the topics required by Chapter 388 of the Laws of 2010.  In addition, the curriculum should clearly state the objectives of the training and applicants should submit resumes for any training providers.  Materials should be mailed to the following address:

Office of Educational Management Services
Attention: Chapter 388 School Board Member Training Proposal
Room 876 EBA
State Education Department
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-6541

Last Updated: June 13, 2011