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

District School Boards

  • In 1972, the Minnesota state department of education reported that they did not encourage local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, students can join district school boards but cannot vote.
  • In 1972, the Edina-Morningside School District had a Student Board of Education. It was partially elected and partially student council-appointed, and met before the meetings of the regular adult school board to present student concerns to their elders through the superintendent.

State Board of Education

  • Minnesota does not have a state board of education.

Minnesota School Board Association

  • They are not formal members of the state school board association
  • They do not receive specific training to support their involvement.
  • Students can participate in the state school board association’s normal board training.
  • Student representatives are also scheduled to speak at a workshop/breakout session to adult school board members at their annual convention.

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