Student Member School Board Voting Bill Heads to Governor

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AB 261 Gives Student Board Members Preferential Voting Rights

Sacramento, CA – AB 261, authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), would authorize student school board members to have a preferential vote. AB 261 passed the California State Legislature with unanimous bipartisan support in both houses and now heads to the Governor’s desk in the final step in the legislative process.

“Students should have a voice on decisions that impact their education,” said Thurmond. “This bill empowers students to get more engaged in their education, because they are active participants at all levels—not just in the classroom, but in the decision-making process as well.”

AB 261 would authorize the governing board to allow preferential voting for the student member(s) of the governing board. Preferential voting means a formal expression of opinion that is recorded in the minutes and cast prior to the official vote of the governing board. A preferential vote will not serve in determining the final numerical outcome of a vote.

LAUSD, the largest district in the state of California, recently established the Student Board Member position with preferential voting rights.