I see at Publicola a story about student voting. Based on a push from a group of SPS students, Senator Scott White (D-46) has introduced a bill (SB 5621) that would give students, starting at age 14, the right to vote in school board elections in the district where they live.
“Students having attained the age of fourteen as of the date of the election shall be entitled to vote in school board elections for the district in which they are enrolled and in good standing.”
This bill even has a Facebook page. The student group is called the Campaign to End Education without Representation.
Senator White says this (and it seems to indicate that he isn't really going to push the bill):
"Irrespective of your position on the issue or even if the bill passes, I do think it is impressive that Seattle has young people who are engaged in the political process such that they would come up with a proposal and bring it to a legislator who cares about K-12 education. Kids are always forced to listen to adults, but adults can learn a lot from listening to young people."
A Garfield student said this:
I'm one of the youth from Garfield High School who brought this idea up. Youth are the ones most directly affected by our school system, and yet we currently have very little influence in how it is run. This bill would allow public high school students to vote for their school board members, increasing the accountability of school boards to their students.
Another student said this:
I currently go to high school. Me and my fellow students know more about how our schools are run and what improvements need to be made than most of the public.
Also, for anyone who thinks students aren't mature enough for this right: SPS recently polled kids in Seattle highschools about grading policy, on one of the questions, which asked whether or not the district should increase requirements for graduation, a full 2/3rds of the student body said those requirements should be increased. We want our schools to be more rigorous, and we want to learn. We should have the right to vote in school board elections.
I'd have to ponder whether I think this is a good idea or not but the kids have a point about having a voice.