The 87th Texas legislature is considering a number of bills related to education. I have thoughts on several of them, and I will be sharing them here. I would like to start with Senate Bill 272, which proposes that school boards include one student trustee as a non-voting member. I will say that I have served on the SMU Board of Trustees, and SMU, like many universities, has a student trustee on the Board (as a voting member) and on every board committee (also as voting members). SMU also has students on key policy committees at the university, including those that approve curriculum. I have worked extensively with student trustees and with the student members of policy committees. The students interested in serving on these committees are highly intelligent, motivated students, and they work tirelessly to assess the experiences and input of their peers, and to bring both to governance and decision-making. I and many others have found the contributions of these student trustees to be essential, and student members have often played a key role in policy decisions, helping the university make the best decisions. Based on my experience, I support the idea of a student trustee on educational boards. Including students brings a new set of eyes and experiences and helps educational boards to make better decisions and to better anticipate unintended consequences of policies and decisions. It also helps students learn about the role of boards and governance and gives them valuable experience as they build their professional resumes.
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Posted on 11 Mar 2021, 18:18 - Category: News