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County boards of education are the governing body for California’s 58 county offices of education (COEs), which provide services directly to their counties’ most vulnerable student populations through county office-run juvenile court schools and county community schools. County boards govern these schools while the day-to-day operations are handled by the county superintendent. Other county board duties include charter school petition approvals, denials and oversight, interdistrict transfer and expulsion appeal hearings, purchase and leasing of real property, and approval of the COE budget, annual audit and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

County boards of education are critical to student success, particularly the success of high-need students who are served by county office schools. CSBA recognizes the special role county boards play in education at the local level and is committed to providing the information, resources and advocacy you need to perform your governance duties at the highest level.

CSBA will continue to expand the number of offerings designed for county board members because we recognize that the county board experience is unique and requires custom support and services.

Communications about CSBA County Board Member Services:
Letter: Important message to county board members
Read the announcement of CSBA County Board Member Services
Read the FAQs
2024 County Board Transitional Working Group Roster

Upcoming events/trainings   

CSBA County Board Member Services Conference – Monterey, Sept. 13-15, 2024

The CSBA County Board Member Services Conference will take place from Sept. 13-15, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey. This conference provides a unique opportunity for county board leaders to come together and discuss students' futures in light of domestic policies and global trends. County board members, superintendents and educational partners from throughout the state will come together to gain valuable knowledge and information in five key areas: advocacy and community engagement; county board core; funding and finances; shared governance and the roles of county boards; and wellness, safety and learning. Pre-conference events will take place on Sept. 12 and are open to all CSBA members, including those from school districts.

As the role of county offices of education continues to evolve, CSBA is committed to providing COE board members with the necessary tools and information to become effective elected education leaders. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet and share ideas with fellow county board members. The conference offers exciting breakout sessions, great keynote speakers and ample networking opportunities — making it a must-attend event! 

Click here to view the conference webpage for information on conference strands, registration, housing and more!

Annual Education Conference and Trade Show – Anaheim, Dec. 5-7, 2024

AEC is CSBA’s premier continuing education program — delivering practical solutions to help governance teams from districts and county offices of education improve student learning and achievement. Whether you are a veteran board member, a superintendent, a board support professional or a first-time attendee, you’ll come away from conference with practical ideas and a renewed commitment to help your board accomplish the critical work ahead. Registration opens June 4. Visit the AEC website to learn more. 

Sample county board policies

CSBA offers a series of sample board policies for use by county offices of education and through GAMUT Policy. The samples reflect recent legislation, court decisions and educational trends, and are easy to customize to specific local needs.

GAMUT Policy provides easy access to CSBA sample policies, regulations and bylaws, pertinent laws and other resources. Updated continuously throughout the year, GAMUT includes sample board bylaws and policy samples for county offices of education, the entire Education Code, Title 5, other relevant state and federal code sections, California Department of Education advisories, and a “keyword” index. Learn more.

For more information regarding pricing, subscriptions, or to request a free demo, please call (800) 266-3382 or email

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