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Florida lawmaker proposes student advisory council for education policy



Schools are supposed to be for students.

But so often, when lawmakers, school board members and others talk education policy, students often get minimal attention. Their opinions rarely get heard.

Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami Shores, wants to add their perspective to the mix. She has proposed legislation (HB 163) to create the Florida Educational Student Advisory Council to advise the governor, Legislature and State Board of Education on matters of schooling and student concerns.

The 25-member body would have representatives appointed by the governor, Senate president, House speaker, Florida School Boards Association and the Florida Association of Student Councils, which also would be established in the bill.

Some school boards already have student representation. It's not clear exactly how much the policy makers listen. Do you think a statewide advisory board would have any real influence?

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3:17pm]


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