March 30, 2021
Statement on the General Assembly Passing HB 178
The Kentucky Student Voice Team is pleased to see the preservation of the non-voting student and teacher seats on the Kentucky Board of Education with the final passage of House Bill 178. We extend our gratitude to the bipartisan group of legislators who were able to protect these positions.
Granting students a seat on the Kentucky Board of Education affirms Kentucky’s commitment to giving every student a high quality, equitable education. We hope that other education governance bodies follow the Board’s model of including students as partners.
This is a victory, but there remain many victories to come. Creating the safest, most inclusive, and most engaging education environment to contribute to a vibrant democracy requires integrating students as partners in schools and districts across the Commonwealth. We are committed to making this vision a reality and hopeful that our peers, teachers, and lawmakers will join us in doing so.
The Kentucky Student Voice Team is an independent, youth-led, statewide organization that supports students as research, policy, and advocacy partners to ensure Kentucky’s education system is as equitable, just, and as excellent as it can be.