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232. STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL AFFAIRS


Date Adopted: April 27, 1981
Date Revised: December 17, 1990

1. Purpose
 

  1. The Board of Education believes that students should participate in the governance of school activities at levels appropriate to their ages and competencies because:

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    1. schools, as an institution fundamental to the operation of a democratic society, should exemplify citizen participation in decision making;

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    3. the curriculum should develop increasing knowledge, students' skills and responsibilities in planning and executing the cooperative activities;

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    5. students are a valuable resource whose contributions can materially aid and benefit the schools.

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2. Authority
 
  1. The Board authorizes the Superintendent to encourage student participation in activities commensurate with students' understanding and abilities .

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  3. Recommendations for the improvement of the schools may be offered by any student, provided the recommendations are of a constructive nature and contribute toward the realization of the educational goals of the district.

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3. Delegation of Responsibility
 
  1. The Superintendent shall develop procedures to implement this policy which:

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    1. provide for the submission, consideration and response to constructive student suggestions;

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    3. designate the manner by which students shall be selected for participation in school matters;

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    5. insure that student participation is fairly representative of the student body;

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    7. insure that the student voice and vote in decision making is fairly balanced with those of faculty, administration and community members.
References:

Pennsylvania School Code Section 12.15(g)

Pennsylvania Code Title 22