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What's the "Step Up" Campaign:

To prepare prospective school board members for elections in their respective districts, the Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties will be hosting a series of information sessions to encourage community members to "Step-Up" and run for school board.

Why School Board:

In this election cycle alone, there are over 180 positions open across San Bernardino and Orange Counties.  These locally elected positions can have profound effects on young people – our future and are very rarely contested.  Additionally, the school district is often one of the largest employers in a city, even without counting the students and volunteers at work in schools! The decisions that board members make are far-reaching and have a significant impact, not just on students, but on staff members and on the community.

It's Time:

There is a need for progressive, motivated, school board members that will uphold rights, embrace diversity, and ensure students have the educational development to lead healthy lives. 



This page will provide you with important dates and resources so you can “STEP UP” !




 Who Can Run For School Board?
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of the state
  • Be a resident of the school district
  • Not be employed by the school district
  • Registered voter
 What Makes a Good School Board Member?
  • Public education advocates
  • Committed to public involvement and engagement
  • Your willing to devote time and energy to your position
  • Skilled decision maker
  • Courage to stand up for your convictions
  • Respect for district employees
  • Effective communicator
  • Team Player
What Does a School Board Member do? 
  • Hiring and/or firing the superintendent
  • Setting the yearly budget
  • Approving contracts for teachers and outside vendors
  • Establishing a vision for the district
  • Choosing curriculum
  • Expanding the district or closing schools
 What do I need to know before I start campaigning? 
  • Board candidate campaigns range from simple to sophisticated. One common element, however, is the state requirement for reporting campaign finances. State law limits the sources and amounts of contributions and the purposes for which those contributions may be spent. Visit the voter registrar links provided for more information.
   What's the time commitment?  
  • It varies. School board service involves a substantial time commitment as an unpaid volunteer. Boards typically meet one or two evenings a month. Before the monthly meetings, you’ll need to study the materials. There are also committee meetings, work sessions and appearances.

Where can I get training?

The Community Action Fund will be holding a series of trainings for next cycle 2020.  If you are interested email[email protected] and let us know you want to step up!

The Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties