Here are facts about students on school boards in Oregon.

Local School Boards

  • In 1972, the Oregon state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Today, students can join district school boards but cannot vote. Each district decides how they want to select students, and appoint representatives once they are selected.
  •  In Oregon, most local boards appoint student representatives.

State Board of Education

  • Students in Oregon cannot vote on the state school board.

Oregon School Board Association

  • Students are not formal members of the state school board association, and do not receive specific training to support their involvement.
  • Districts are allowed to send student board representatives to the state school board association leadership conference.

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