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What is the composition of the State Board of Education?

Composition of the Board will include 16 members:

  • 5 members elected by public school directors - 2 in eastern Washington, 3 in western Washington
  • 1 member at-large elected by private schools
  • The superintendent of public instruction
  • 7 members appointed by the governor
  • 2 student members selected by the Association of Washington Student Leaders Student Steering Committee

All members except student members are voting members.

What are the elected Positions and Regions for the State of Washington?

Eastern Region: Positions 1 and 2 (each four year terms) are elected from the Eastern Region, comprised of Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima counties.

Western Region: Positions 3, 4, and 5 (each four year terms) are elected from the Western Region, comprised of Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom counties.

Who elects members to the State Board of Education?

SBE public school members are elected by the public school district directors within the region they reside. The SBE private school member is elected by approved private schools.

Who can run for election to the State Board of Education?

A person is eligible to be a candidate for only one vacancy on the State Board of Education at a time.

Public School Candidates: must be a resident of the region represented by the position and meet the other qualifications established by RCW 28A.305.

If elected, a candidate cannot concurrently serve as a member of the SBE and as an employee of any school, college, university, or other educational institution, or any educational service district superintendent's office, or in the office of superintendent of public instruction, or as a member of the board of directors of either a common school district or a private school.

How can I receive information on filing for candidacy?

To request a complete packet of candidacy information, please contact Kristin Murphy OSPI, Program Specialist, at 360-725-6133; or kristin.murphy@k12.wa.us.

How do I get more information about the State Board of Education?

For more information on the State Board of Education, its current responsibilities, and current members visit www.sbe.wa.gov.

How do I get more information on the election process?

 For information regarding the election process, please contact Kristin Murphy OSPI, Program Specialist, at 360/725-6133; or kristin.murphy@k12.wa.us.