Student Voice in U.S. Education Agencies

Following are a variety of examples of student voice in education agencies. In every state in the United States, there are several education agencies. Some deal with early childhood education, others with K-12 schools and others with higher education. Other government education agencies address specific populations.

Student voice is happening in many agencies in Australia, Canada, and across Europe. There are a growing number of examples from Asia and Africa, as well as Latin America.


The U.S. education system, illustrated as a bus by SoundOut.org
This graphic illustrates the U.S. education system as a school bus.

Student Voice in Local Education Agencies (LEAs)

LEA (local education agency) is a synonym for a school district or county education agency. These entities operate local public elementary, middle and high schools in the United States. A local education agency is governed by an elected school board and a superintendent who is either elected or appointed. See the examples listed here and learn more about school districts.

Student Voice in State Education Agencies (SEAs)

SEA (state education agency) is a synonym for a state-level authority on K-12 schools, an entity which certifies, monitors and supports local education agencies. A state education agency is governed by an elected school board and a superintendent who is either elected or appointed. See the examples listed here and learn more about state education agencies.

Student Voice in the United States Department of Education

The US Department of Education is the federal government agency that is ultimately responsible for the delivery of learning, teaching and leadership of the nation’s schools. It is led by the Secretary of Education and made of many departments affecting almost every aspect of schooling across the country. See the example listed here.


Examples

Students on Local School Boards

Local Education Agency Student Advisory Committees

Students on State School Boards

State Education Agency Student Advisory Committees


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