Here are facts about roles for students on school boards in Iowa.
District School Boards
- There is no specific law regarding students joining or voting on district school boards in Iowa.
State School Board of Education
- There are 9 voting members, plus a non-voting student member.
- Student representatives cannot vote.
- Students are selected by the school board for one year terms.
- Law: The Iowa General Assembly House File 2515 states:
- The Governor of Iowa shall appoint one nonvoting student member from a list of candidates supplied by the Iowa State Board of Education.
- Only high school juniors or seniors are eligible for the position.
- Student representatives must have attended Iowa public school for at least one year prior to serving on the State Board.
- If the student does not graduate at the end of the first term, he or she may seek re-nomination from the Governor.
- Students are eligible for appropriate state reimbursement.
Iowa School Board Association
- Students are not formal members of the state school board association, and do not receive specific training to support their involvement.
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