Here are facts about students on school boards in Vermont.

District School Boards

  • In 1972, the Vermont state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
  • Students representatives attended the state board of education meetings, as well as meetings at several local districts.
  • They also reportedly advised the state commission of education.
  • Law: Today, there is no specific law in Vermont regarding students joining or voting on district school boards. Title 16, Chapter 3 of the Vermont Statutes states that the Governor of Vermont must use an application process that is “open and accessible to all eligible students” when appointing students to the State Board.
  • Students can join borders as representatives, and when they are they are usually school board presidents.
  • They serve one year terms.

State Board of Education

  • There are two student advisors to the Vermont State Board of Education
  • These two students have full voting rights.
  • The students are selected by the Governor of Vermont
  • Students are between 9th and 12th grades.
  • Student advisors terms are two years.
  • These roles have been in place since 2000.
  • The structure of these roles is secured through Title 16, Chapter 3 of the Vermont Statutes.
  • This law requires the Vermont State Board of Education to include two student members from Vermont secondary schools.
  • Students are required to have two years of high school remaining at the time of appointment and serve a two-year term.
  • The law states “The student member shall not vote during the first year and shall be a full voting member during the second year of his or her term.”
  • The Governor of Vermont appoints one student to the board each year.
  • The state board of education is currently supporting policy to require student representation on all school boards statewide.

 Vermont State School Board Association

  • Students are not formal members of the state school board association, and do not receive specific training to support their involvement.
  • The state school boards association has resisted attempts to make student representation on boards a requirement, and they oppose giving students voting status on boards.
  • The state board of education currently plans to work with the principal’s association and state school board association to support programming for student representatives on school boards.

 

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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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