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School Board Member Training Reimbursement

Public Act 87 of 2021 (PA 87) authorizes the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to approve training programs for local school board members intended to develop and enhance their knowledge in the areas of education law, labor relations, conflicts of interest, school finance, and board governance. School districts in turn are reimbursed by the MDE up to $100 per course completed by individual school board members.

Training Reimbursement Information for School Districts

Requests for school board member training reimbursement are submitted in GEMS/MARS by school districts. Please see the Help Guide for submitting reimbursement requests in GEMS/MARS.

Information for Organizations Applying to Become a Provider of School Board Member Training

Organizations interested in becoming an approved program provider for these purposes must complete and return the application for review and approval. Completion and submission instructions are found in the application.

NOTE: The program provider application is not intended for use by school districts to submit invoices for approved training completed by school board members. Please see the information above regarding the use of GEMS/MARS for training reimbursement.

Approved Training Program Providers

The following organizations have been approved to provide training eligible for reimbursement under PA 87; please revisit this page regularly for updates to the approved training program provider list:

  • The Michigan Association of School Boards

Content Areas Eligible for Reimbursement:

  • Education Law
  • Labor Relations
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • School Finance
  • Board Governance
  • National Charter Schools Institute

Content Areas Eligible for Reimbursement:

  • Education Law
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • School Finance
  • Board Governance

Questions regarding school district reimbursement or the training provider application process should be directed to Bill Witt at wittb1@michigan.gov.