The Coalition for Essential Schools is a national organization based in Portland, Maine. CES creates and sustains equitable, intellectually vibrant, personalized schools and to make such schools the norm of American public education.
The Maine Legislative Youth Advisory Council includes education-related issues in their deliberations.
Established in 2002 to advise the Maine Legislature and its committees on issues related to students, the Maine Legislative Youth Advisory Council is a permanent advisory council created in state statute.
It is composed of three legislative members and 18 youth members and meets at least eight times each year. The group holds at least two public hearings each year and facilitates an annual seminar on leadership, government and the legislature each August. Every year, the council submits a written report to the Legislature.
The Council may be the only of its kind authorized by law to submit legislation for consideration by the Legislature.
The following are facts about students on school boards in Maine.
State School Board
- There are 9 voting members of the Maine State Board of Education and 2 student non-voting members.
- The student members are a junior and senior in high school.
- Student members serve for 2 year terms.
District School Boards
- In 1972, the Maine state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards.
- Today, students can join and vote on district school boards.
- The Maine State Charter does not permit student votes to be counted.
In 2002, the Maranacook School District was considering accepting a grant that would place a school resource officer at their schools. Students discussed this issue at length, brought it to the attention of the student senate, and in turn, the student school board representatives brought it to the attention of the school board.
The student school board representatives worked with the other student senate members, who brought in feedback collected during the homeroom period, to make their case as to why an SRO should not be brought to the campus.
Because of the overwhelming number of students who expressed that having an armed policeman on campus would make being on campus an uncomfortable experience, the grant was declined 15 to 1 by the school board. (2002, Maine Department of Education and Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools)