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

District School Boards

  • In 1972, the Nevada state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, students can join district but cannot vote.

State Board of Education

  • There are 11 members total of the Nevada State Board of Education, including one non-voting student member.
  • There is currently one student advisor to the Nevada State Board of Education.
  • Student advisors are selected by the Nevada Association of Student Councils.
  • They must be in the 11th or 12th grade.
  • Their terms are one year long.
  • The Nevada State Board of Education has had student representatives since 1978.
  • The Nevada State Board of Education voluntarily includes one nonvoting student representative.
  • The student member is required to attend four of the annual State Board of Education meetings, and give a report after corresponding with student groups. This is an informal agreement between the Nevada State Board of Education and the Nevada State Student Council.
  • There is no legislation in Nevada mandating student involvement.
  • Students are eligible for appropriate state reimbursement.
  • Each year, the Nevada Association of Student Councils elects a student from its membership to serve on the Nevada State Board of Education.
  • All officers elected at membership schools meet at an annual NASC conference.
  • Each candidate submits an application to NASC and then campaigns for the position at the conference.
  • Only elected officers of NASC member schools may run for the position, and only NASC members may vote.
  • The top vote getter is elected to the Nevada State Board of Education for one year.
  • Additionally, the Student Representative is required to send newsletters to each high school student council and have regular correspondence with the NASC.

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Published by Adam Fletcher

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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