The following are facts about students on school boards in Louisiana.
District School Boards
- In 1972, the Louisiana state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
State Board of Education
- There are 11 voting members of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- Today, students in Louisiana can join the state school board but cannot vote.
- One student representative serves the Louisiana Board of Elementary & Secondary Education.
- Student representatives are chosen by the Louisiana Association of Student Councils.
- All student representatives are in the 12th grade.
- Student representatives serve one year.
- Student representation has been intact in Louisiana since 1986.
- The student is a high school senior and serves a one-year term.
- The student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in a member school of the Louisiana Association of Student Councils (LASC).
- Students are eligible for appropriate state reimbursement, and student absences from school for State Board related meetings do not count against his or her attendance record.
- Interested students submit an application to the LASC.
- The application requires a transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a one-page essay.
- The LASC Executive Director, one student, and the adult advisors from each LASC officer school review the applications.
- The LASC Executive Director, the LASC advisor and student officer from each officer school, one high school principal, and the student President of the LASC then interview ten finalists.
- This selection panel ultimately selects the student member of the State Board as well as one runner-up.
- The runner-up is introduced to the Board and assumes the student position if the selected student cannot fulfill his or her duties.