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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Adam is the founding director of SoundOut. An author, speaker and consultant, he has worked with K-12 schools, districts, nonprofits and others for more than 15 years. Learn more about him at http://soundout.org/Adam

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