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Students on School Boards in New Mexico

Here are facts about roles for students on school boards in New Mexico.

District School Boards

  • In 1972, the New Mexico state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, students in New Mexico can join district school boards but cannot vote.

New Mexico State School Boards

  • No information is available about student involvement on the New Mexico State Board of Education. Please share your info in the comments section below.

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Students on School Boards in New Jersey

Here are facts about roles for students on school boards in New Jersey collected by SoundOut for our Students on School Boards Toolbox.

District School Boards

  •  In 1972, the New Jersey state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, students can join district school boards but cannot vote on them.
  • 60% of school districts in New Jersey report they include student voice in school board meetings to some effect (see “More Info” below).
  • Students in New Jersey who are under 18 serve in an advisory capacity that is appointed for a one-year term.
  • They have no voting representation.
  • Students who are 18 years old or older and meet the voting requirements are elected for a three-year term.
  • They may vote on anything not directly relating to their own school.

New Jersey State Board of Education

  • Today, students can join the state school board but cannot vote.
  • Students serving in an advisory capacity are appointed for a one-year term.
  • Students who are 18 years old or older and meet the voting requirements can be elected for a three-year term.
  • There is one student advisor to the New Jersey State Board of Education
  • The student representative is chosen by the New Jersey Association of Student Councils.
  • The student representative must be in 11th grade or above, including “adult school students.”
  • This position has been in place since 1976.
  • The New Jersey Department of Education voluntarily includes one student “guest” to sit with the State Board for a one-year term.
  • According to the Department of Education, “Students are generally junior, senior, or adult school students who have a special interest in Department of Education practices and policies.  The student is invited to present a three-minute speech on an educational topic of the student’s choice.”
  • Additionally, the State Board invites two other rotating student guests to attend each monthly meeting.
  • Student guests are not required to be enrolled in public school.
  • The New Jersey State Board of Education voluntarily seeks this student input.
  • There is no legislation in New Jersey mandating student input.
  • Each year the New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC) selects one student to serve a one-year term on the State Board.
  • The NJASC also selects one of the two rotating guests.
  • The Division of Regional Services selects the second rotating guest from districts throughout the state.
  • The Department selects students who represent “a broad geographic distribution of urban, suburban, and rural districts as well as vocational, private, parochial, alternative, or special needs schools.”

New Jersey School Board Association

  • They are not formal members of the state school board association, and do not receive specific training to support their involvement.

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Students on School Boards in New Hampshire

Here are facts about roles for students on school boards in New Hampshire.

  • In 1972, the New Hampshire state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, students can join and vote on district school boards in New Hampshire.

 

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Students on School Boards in Nevada

Here are facts about roles for students on school boards in Nevada.

District School Boards

  • In 1972, the Nevada state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, students can join district but cannot vote.

State Board of Education

  • There are 11 members total of the Nevada State Board of Education, including one non-voting student member.
  • There is currently one student advisor to the Nevada State Board of Education.
  • Student advisors are selected by the Nevada Association of Student Councils.
  • They must be in the 11th or 12th grade.
  • Their terms are one year long.
  • The Nevada State Board of Education has had student representatives since 1978.
  • The Nevada State Board of Education voluntarily includes one nonvoting student representative.
  • The student member is required to attend four of the annual State Board of Education meetings, and give a report after corresponding with student groups. This is an informal agreement between the Nevada State Board of Education and the Nevada State Student Council.
  • There is no legislation in Nevada mandating student involvement.
  • Students are eligible for appropriate state reimbursement.
  • Each year, the Nevada Association of Student Councils elects a student from its membership to serve on the Nevada State Board of Education.
  • All officers elected at membership schools meet at an annual NASC conference.
  • Each candidate submits an application to NASC and then campaigns for the position at the conference.
  • Only elected officers of NASC member schools may run for the position, and only NASC members may vote.
  • The top vote getter is elected to the Nevada State Board of Education for one year.
  • Additionally, the Student Representative is required to send newsletters to each high school student council and have regular correspondence with the NASC.

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Students on School Boards in Nebraska

Here are facts about roles for students on school boards in Nebraska.

  •  There are 8 voting members on the Nebraska State Board of Education. There are no student members or student representatives.
  • Students cannot join or vote on district school boards in Nebraska.

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Students on School Boards in Oregon

Here are facts about students on school boards in Oregon.

Local School Boards

  • In 1972, the Oregon state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, students can join district school boards but cannot vote. Each district decides how they want to select students, and appoint representatives once they are selected.
  •  In Oregon, most local boards appoint student representatives.

State Board of Education

  • Students in Oregon cannot vote on the state school board.

Oregon School Board Association

  • Students are not formal members of the state school board association, and do not receive specific training to support their involvement.
  • Districts are allowed to send student board representatives to the state school board association leadership conference.

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Students on School Boards in Vermont

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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Students on School Boards in Utah

Here are facts about students on school boards in Utah compiled for the SoundOut Students on School Board Toolbox.

District School Boards

  • In 1972, the Utah state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, students can join and vote on district school boards. Selection methods vary from district to district.
  • LAW: Utah Code Ann. § 20A-14-206(1), (3)(a) (1995) states, “Upon receipt of a qualifying student petition, the Board of Education may appoint a nonvoting student member to the Board in addition to the regular members authorized by law.”

Utah School Board Association

  • They are not formal members of the state school board association, and do not receive specific training to support their involvement.
  • Student representatives are invited to attend state school board association events with their adult board members.

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Students on School Boards in Texas

Here are facts about students on school boards in Texas.

  • In 1972, the Texas state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, students cannot join or vote on district school boards in Texas.

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Students on School Boards in Tennessee

Here are facts about students on school boards  in Tennessee.

District School Boards

  • Students in Tennessee can join district and state school boards. Selection methods vary according to district.
  • Students cannot vote on district school boards but can vote on the state school board.

State Board of Education

  • There is one student advisor to the Tennessee State Board of Education.
  • This student has full voting rights.
  • The student advisor is selected by the Governor of Tennessee.
  • Student advisors may be in the 11th or 12th grade.
  • They serve one year terms.
  • This role has been in place since 1984.
  • The Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 49-1-301 requires the Governor of Tennessee to appoint one public high school student to the State Board of Education.
  • Law: The law states that “The high school student shall be of superlative standing and shall serve for a one-year term in an ex officio capacity.  The student member shall be appointed each year from nominees chosen by the local board of education in each school system at each board’s discretion, with no more than one student from each school system being nominated, and with the students having reached their junior or senior year in high school.”
  • Student Board members are granted full voting rights and are eligible for appropriate state reimbursement.
  • Each year, the Governor of Tennessee requests that each local school board nominate a student to serve on the State Board of Education.
  • There is not a formal application process.
  • However, local school boards are asked to submit a letter of recommendation and a resume for their nominee.
  • After reviewing each nominee, the Governor then appoints the student Board Member.
  • Generally, the Governor attempts to alternate the region from which the student is selected between East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and West Tennessee.
  • Past student board members have typically had a 4.0 GPA and above.

Tennessee School Board Association

  • They are not formal members of the state school board association, and do not receive specific training to support their involvement.
  • Student representatives are invited to all of the state school board association’s seminars and workshops.

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