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

State Boards of Education

  • In 1972, the Alaska state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, there are 7 voting members (9 members total) of the Alaska State Board of Education.
  • A student advisor and a military advisor are non-voting members.

District School Boards

  • There is no specific law addressing whether students can legally join or vote on district or state-level school boards in Alaska.
  • They do not vote.
  • Students are appointed by school boards to serve on local school boards.
  • Their terms vary from one to two years based on local policy.
  • Student Board members receive all non-confidential board materials, attend public sessions of boards and cast and have recorded a preferential vote that is not counted in the board vote.

Alaska School Board Association

  • Students are formal members of the state school board association, and can receive specific training to support their involvement.
  • There are two student leadership programs in Alaska, one during the annual school board conference and the other during the Legislative Network program.
  • Students in Alaska are allowed to attend any addition state school board association programs with local board approval.


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