Guide to Student Voice in Education Governance

This guide is intended to provide school boards and administrators with information and practices to assist them in engaging students on public school boards. It includes information to consider when considering the idea, preparing the board and the youth for the task and implementation. This document should not be relied upon for legal advice. We recommend all boards consult with their attorney if they have legal questions.


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The guide is addresses the following topics and tasks:
  • Why have youth on your board?

    • Framing the idea: Student Representation on School Boards


  • Preparing your board for youth involvement

  • Preparing your board for youth representatives


  • Creating Student Representative Positions

  • Seeking Qualified Applicants

  • Educating and Preparing the Youth Representative

  • Responsibilities of Student Representatives

    • Communication with other students

    • Decision Making and Voting


  • Organizational Adult Checklist

  • Organizational Youth Checklist


  • Considering Legal Issues


  • Resources

For more information, you can download the complete guide,

or contact Susan Holson VSBA Director of Education Services  or 800-244-8722

Vermont School Boards Association

2 Prospect Street, Suite 4

Montpelier VT 05602


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