The following are facts about students on school boards in Louisiana.

District School Boards

  • In 1972, the Louisiana state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.

State Board of Education

  • There are 11 voting members of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Today, students in Louisiana can join the state school board but cannot vote.
  • One student representative serves the¬†Louisiana Board of Elementary & Secondary Education.
  • Student representatives are chosen by the Louisiana Association of Student Councils.
  • All student representatives¬†are in the 12th grade.
  • Student representatives serve one year.
  • Student representation has been intact in Louisiana since 1986.
  • The student is a high school senior and serves a one-year term.
  • The student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in a member school of the Louisiana Association of Student Councils (LASC).
  • Students are eligible for appropriate state reimbursement, and student absences from school for State Board related meetings do not count against his or her attendance record.
  • Interested students submit an application to the LASC.
  • The application requires a transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a one-page essay.
  • The LASC Executive Director, one student, and the adult advisors from each LASC officer school review the applications.
  • The LASC Executive Director, the LASC advisor and student officer from each officer school, one high school principal, and the student President of the LASC then interview ten finalists.
  • This selection panel ultimately selects the student member of the State Board as well as one runner-up.
  • The runner-up is introduced to the Board and assumes the student position if the selected student cannot fulfill his or her duties.

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