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.
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.
- Anne Arundel County Public Schools Office of Student Leadership
- District of Columbia State Board of Education Student Advisory Committee
- Madison Student Senate
- Oakland Unified School District Student Engagement Office
- Portland Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council
- Poughkeepsie School Board
- San Francisco Unified School District Student Advisory Council
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.
- Oregon State Superintendent’s Youth Advisory Team
- Georgia Department of Education Student Advisory Council
- Missouri Youth Cabinet
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.
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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