ASSEMBLY, No. 5238

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED MAY 13, 2019

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman VERLINA REYNOLDS-JACKSON

District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)

Assemblywoman BRITNEE N. TIMBERLAKE

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

Assemblywoman MILA M. JASEY

District 27 (Essex and Morris)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Wimberly, Assemblywomen Carter and Vainieri Huttle

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Requires student representative be appointed to each board of education of school district that includes high school.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

As introduced.

 


An Act concerning student representatives on certain boards of education and supplementing chapter 12 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

1. a. Notwithstanding any law, rule or regulation to the contrary, each board of education of a school district that includes grades nine through 12 shall appoint the student who serves as the president of the student council, or a designee of the president of the student council, to serve as a nonvoting student representative on the board. The student representative shall serve for a one school year term.

b. The duties of the student representative shall include:

(1) attending all board meetings, except that a student representative shall be excluded from discussions of the board involving subjects which are confidential;

(2) representing all public high school students within the district and presenting student proposals and concerns to the board for its consideration; and

(3) keeping public high school students informed of the business of the board by providing a monthly report to the student council concerning the activities of the board.

 

2. This act shall take effect in the first full school year following the date of enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

This bill requires the board of education of each school district that includes grades nine through 12 to appoint the student who serves as the president of the student council, or a designee of the president of the student council, to serve as a nonvoting student representative on the board. The student representative will serve for a one school year term.

Under the bill, the duties of the student representative will include:

        attending all school board meetings, except that a student representative will be excluded from discussions of the board involving subjects which are confidential;

        representing all public high school students within the district and presenting student proposals and concerns to the board for its consideration; and

        keeping public high school students informed of the business of the school board by providing a monthly report to the student council concerning the activities of the board.