Here are facts about students on school boards in Vermont.
District School Boards
- In 1972, the Vermont state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
- Students representatives attended the state board of education meetings, as well as meetings at several local districts.
- They also reportedly advised the state commission of education.
- Law: Today, there is no specific law in Vermont regarding students joining or voting on district school boards. Title 16, Chapter 3 of the Vermont Statutes states that the Governor of Vermont must use an application process that is “open and accessible to all eligible students” when appointing students to the State Board.
- Students can join borders as representatives, and when they are they are usually school board presidents.
- They serve one year terms.
State Board of Education
- There are two student advisors to the Vermont State Board of Education
- These two students have full voting rights.
- The students are selected by the Governor of Vermont
- Students are between 9th and 12th grades.
- Student advisors terms are two years.
- These roles have been in place since 2000.
- The structure of these roles is secured through Title 16, Chapter 3 of the Vermont Statutes.
- This law requires the Vermont State Board of Education to include two student members from Vermont secondary schools.
- Students are required to have two years of high school remaining at the time of appointment and serve a two-year term.
- The law states “The student member shall not vote during the first year and shall be a full voting member during the second year of his or her term.”
- The Governor of Vermont appoints one student to the board each year.
- The state board of education is currently supporting policy to require student representation on all school boards statewide.
Vermont State School Board Association
- Students are not formal members of the state school board association, and do not receive specific training to support their involvement.
- The state school boards association has resisted attempts to make student representation on boards a requirement, and they oppose giving students voting status on boards.
- The state board of education currently plans to work with the principal’s association and state school board association to support programming for student representatives on school boards.
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