Education Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6665

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF STUDENTS ON LOCAL AND REGIONAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION.

Vote Date:

3/23/2009

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/16/2009

File No.:

590

SPONSORS OF BILL:

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Sen. Andrew J. McDonald, 27th Dist.
Rep. Jason W. Bartlett, 2nd Dist.
Rep. Christopher Lyddy, 106th Dist.

REASONS FOR BILL:

To allow students the opportunity to voice their concerns and share their opinions on matters affecting their education. Many school districts throughout the state already have student members on their Boards of Education, and have found that their inclusion fosters better communication between the student body and the administration.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Not Stated

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Kelly Juleson-Scopino, Greater Manchester Young Democrats. States that students on boards of education take a greater interest in their community, creates citizenship and builds future leaders. It would also give adult board of education members insight into the youth they are affecting.

Cary Glynn, Student Council President, Joel Barlow HS, Redding, CT, Member of State Student Advisory Council on Education. States that in essence, the short-term benefit of enfranchising students is the possibility of new ideas and better school policies, while the long term benefit is the new generation of leaders created when students represent their peers.

Julia Sauve, Member, State Student Advisory Council on Education, Marlborough resident. States that students being on the local board of education provides the administration with a source of regular, comprehensive feedback from the students affected by their policies; parents and students are better informed of important school policy decisions. It brings a spirit of self education on behalf of students. It directly benefits the local board, administration, teachers, parents and students.

Eileen Baker, states that the local board of education believes it is important and recognizes the value of having student representatives to the board for input into decisions that affect all students.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Sheila McKay, CABE, The CT Association of Boards of Education states that Boards can already provide for student representatives and many do. CABE would like the discretion as to whether they are elected or appointed to remain at the board level. There is currently, across the state, a mix of elected and appointed student members.

Reported by: Theresa McGrath

3/24/09