School Boards

Students on School Boards in Utah

Here are facts about students on school boards in Utah compiled for the SoundOut Students on School Board Toolbox.

District School Boards

  • In 1972, the Utah 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. Selection methods vary from district to district.
  • LAW: Utah Code Ann. § 20A-14-206(1), (3)(a) (1995) states, “Upon receipt of a qualifying student petition, the Board of Education may appoint a nonvoting student member to the Board in addition to the regular members authorized by law.”

Utah School Board Association

  • They are not formal members of the state school board association, and do not receive specific training to support their involvement.
  • Student representatives are invited to attend state school board association events with their adult board members.

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Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City

2013LeadthruMSIAt Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, fifth grade students advocated for a new school library for their school and won.

According to Barbara Lewis, author of The Kids Guide to Social Action, these young advocates have helped their elementary school reconstruct its library by researching, brainstorming, fundraising, giving speeches, lobbying, writing proposals and receiving local, state and federal support. Their efforts led to brand-new facilities and classes, flexible scheduling for increased library use, and a comprehensive technology system including a computer center and computers in every classroom. (Lewis, 1998)

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