No person shall be eligible to be a candidate for or elected to be a member of the board of education of a school district unless the person has been awarded a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency.
A candidate may not be related to an employee of Tulsa Technology Center School District No. 18, d/b/a Tulsa Technology Center, or to a Member of the Board of Education of said School District within the second degree by blood or marriage. The following are relatives within the second degree: a candidate’s spouse, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother, sister, spouse’s child, spouse’s grandchild, spouse’s brother, spouse’s sister, spouse’s grandparent, grandchild’s spouse, parent’s spouse, and child’s spouse.
A candidate cannot have been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a misdemeanor involving embezzlement or a felony and it presently be within fifteen (15) years of the completion of the sentence or during the pendency of an appeal of such conviction or plea.
If the candidate is not an incumbent member of the Board of Education, the candidate must agree and pledge in writing when the candidate files the candidate's Declaration of Candidacy that the candidate will complete at least twelve (12) hours of instruction on educational issues, including school finance, Oklahoma education laws, and ethics, duties and responsibilities of board members, within fifteen (15) months following the candidate's election. This requirement may be satisfied by attending a 2-day workshop to be held within the state by the State Department of Education or by attending other state workshops, seminars or classes which address the above mentioned matters and which are sponsored by any organization approved by the State Board of Education, including, but not limited to, institutions of higher education. If the candidate is an incumbent member of the Board of Education, the candidate must agree and pledge in writing when the candidate files the candidate's Declaration of Candidacy, that upon reelection, the incumbent member will complete six (6) hours of instruction in workshops, seminars or classes approved for credit by the Oklahoma State Board of Education on educational issues emphasizing changes in school law, and particularly changes in the above areas, within fifteen (15) months following the incumbent member's reelection. If a member has not satisfied the above instructional requirements within fifteen (15) months of his or her election, the local board of education shall declare the seat of such member vacant and fill the vacancy according to law. The candidate elected to the board must also complete an additional 21 hours of continuing education prior to the date set for filing for reelection to the member’s respective board seat. If the candidate has served a full term of office as a member of the Board of Education and if the candidate has failed to attend a minimum of twenty-one (21) hours of continuing education courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and conventions within this state which satisfy the continuing education requirement and which are approved jointly by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the State Board of Career and Technology Education, the candidate is ineligible to run for reelection to the Board of Education to that respective board seat on Board of Education or to run for election to any other board seat on the Board of Education for four (4) years.