The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is a nonprofit statewide association of public school boards, pledged to the highest ideals of local lay leadership for the public schools of the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association, founded in 1895, has a rich history as the first school boards association established in the United States. Pennsylvania’s 4,500 school directors become members by virtue of election to their local board — the board joins as a whole. Membership in PSBA is by school district or other eligible local education agency such as intermediate unit, vocational school or community college. Over the past several decades, voluntary membership by local school entities has been virtually 100%.
We empower elected school board members to succeed by providing vital tools, superior training and powerful advocacy. We promote high quality, locally driven public education for all Pennsylvania students.
We stand for strong school boards, strong public schools and a strong Pennsylvania.
PSBA's shared values are integral to who we are and how we work. They are the guiding principles by which we conduct ourselves as we seek to fulfill our mission.
- Put our members first
- Drive innovation
- Embrace change
- Celebrate teamwork
- Act with integrity and honesty
- Promote clarity and simplicity
- Be passionate
- Respect diversity
PSBA and its member school entities represent more than 4,500 local school board members who dedicate themselves to providing the best education for every child. The association was founded in 1895 with the stated purposes to:
- Provide a medium for school boards, school directors, school board secretaries and other related groups to come together and exchange information and views concerning the administration of the commonwealth's public schools.
- Secure united cooperation in handling school board problems and to endeavor to bring about improvement of the public schools by cooperation with other educational and professional agencies.
- Take such action as deemed most desirable on matters relating to education and school administration, whether initiated by PSBA, the General Assembly, state agencies, or individuals, associations or groups.
- Promote greater activity and higher efficiency on the part of all school boards in order to secure the best results in the progressive advancement, control and conduct of public schools.
- Render assistance and advice to school boards and to members of school boards on school matters affecting them.
PSBA Articles of Incorporation, Article III