• About the State Board of Education

    The Delaware State Board of Education consists of nine members who are citizens of the State of Delaware. The Board is comprised of seven voting members and two non-voting members. Voting members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Members have residence in each of Delaware’s counties and the city of Wilmington, belong to different political parties, and bring a diverse set of skills and perspectives to the work. At least two members have previously served on a local board of education. Non-voting members are appointed annually by the Governor and include an 11th or 12th grade student currently enrolled in a public school and a former State Teacher of the Year.

    Students: Apply to become a non-voting member of the State Board

    The Governor annually appoints one non-voting member who, at the time of the appointment, is or will be in the next school year an 11th or 12th grade student at a public school in the state. The application process for the student board member position is currently open. Additional information can be found in the 2022 Board Member Application packet. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022.  

    Final applications and questions about the student member application process should be directed to sbestudentapplication@delaware.gov.

    The State Board of Education has a wide variety of roles and responsibilities, including:

    • Advancing Education Policies and Systems
      • Approving regulations governing 100+ topics, including approval of content standards, assessments, graduation requirements, educator evaluation, DIAA regulations, licensure and certification, and many others;
      • Serving as the CTE Eligible Agency for the State Perkins Plan;
      • Approving charter school authorizations—new, major modifications, renewals, and formal review.
    • Providing Strategic Oversight and Advocacy
      • Providing a breadth and viewpoint of a citizen’s board;
      • Providing the Secretary of Education with advice in the development of policy, new initiatives, budget requests, etc.
    • Resolving Disputes and Controversies
      • Resolving disputes and controversies of the state education system, including school district boundaries, rules/regulations of local boards and suspensions/expulsions for disciplinary reasons.

    A brief summary of the vision and mission of the Board of Education is also available.

    The Board’s regular monthly meetings are open to the public and are usually scheduled for the third Thursday of the month, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

    The Board’s Strategic Plan, including its strategic priorities.

    You can reach the State Board of Education office by calling (302) 735-4010.

    State Board of Education Members and Staff

    List of State Board members and staff


    All meeting agendas and materials can be found on the State Board of Education's eBoard page.

    To be added to the State Board of Education's email list, please email Delaware.SBE@sbe.k12.de.us with the subject "SBE Mailing List".

    Board Information and Procedures

Last Modified on June 8, 2022