Are students on state school boards?

Following is information about the roles of students on state boards of education, written for the SoundOut Students on School Boards Toolbox. See the end of The Guide to Students on School Boards 2nd Edition for a complete summary.

19 states include students on their state boards of education.

The following states self-reported whether or not they allow students on state boards of education. According to the National Association of School Boards of Education, or NASBE, Maine and Massachusetts are the only two states where student members serve two year terms on the state board. In other states terms range from three months to twelve months.

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