Students on School Boards in Alaska

Here are different facts about roles for students on school boards in Alaska. This page was updated in May 2020.

State Board of Education

  • In Alaska, two students are selected by the Alaska Association of Student Government and the Alaska State Board of Education to advise the state board.
  • Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code requires the Alaska State Board of Education & Early Development to include two nonvoting public high school student members.
  • Students are required to have two years of high school remaining at the time of appointment.
  • Students are required to serve a two-year term.
  • During the first year, the selected student serves as advisory member-elect, and may participate in the work of the board, including debate and deliberation, but may not cast an advisory vote. 
  • During the second year, the advisory member-elect becomes the advisory member. 
  • The student advisory member may participate in board deliberation and debate, and casts a non-binding advisory vote, which is recorded but is not counted in determining the disposition of board matters. 
  • Students are eligible for appropriate state reimbursement.
  • There are 7 voting members (9 members total) of the Alaska State Board of Education.
  • Two student advisors and a military advisor are non-voting members.

District School Boards

  • There is no specific law addressing whether students can legally join or vote on district or state-level school boards in Alaska.
  • Students do not vote on district school boards in Alaska.
  • Students are appointed by school boards to serve on local school boards.
  • Their terms vary from one to two years based on local policy.
  • Student Board members receive all non-confidential board materials, attend public sessions of boards and cast and have recorded a preferential vote that is not counted in the board vote.
  • In 1972, the Alaska state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.

Alaska School Board Association

  • Students are formal members of the state school board association, and can receive specific training to support their involvement.
  • There are two student leadership programs in Alaska, one during the annual school board conference and the other during the Legislative Network program.
  • Students in Alaska are allowed to attend any addition state school board association programs with local board approval.

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