What is this bill about?
California is home to nearly six million students and is only represented by one student board member at the California State Board of Education. SB 908 establishes a 13-person student advisory commission under the State Student Board Member on the California State Board of Education and details the duties, appointment process, and powers of the new commission. This bill will give students more opportunities to engage in decisions affecting their lives and futures.
How does it align with yli’s values?
Ensuring that youth have a seat at decision-making table and a say in the policies that impact them is at the heart of yli’s work. And establishing Student Advisory Committees and Youth Commissions at the local level has been a core strategy for including and amplifying youth voice.
School makes up an enormous part of young people’s everyday lives. Their experiences equip them to have profound insights on what’s working, what’s not working, and what could work better. It only makes sense that a diverse group of youth – representing the multitude of identities and experiences of young people across the state – are positioned to provide recommendations on education.
What is yli doing about it?
We have just signed this letter of endorsement, and we are voicing our support on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Who else supports this request?
California Association of Student Councils (Sponsor)