Students from across the U.S. voted to have these nine rights represented in a bill of rights. We believe these rights should be guaranteed to every student, in every school.
All students have the right to an affordable and equitable education.
All students have the right to engage with their community and expect their schools to treat them with the rights of citizens.
All students have the right to shape decisions and institutions that will affect their future.
All students have the right to an education tailored to their individual needs and that prepares them for life beyond high school.
All students have the right to learn in an environment that doesn’t discriminate against them and reflects the variety of backgrounds in the student body.
All students have the right to understand existing rules in their school and the opportunity to address unfair treatment.
All students have the right to express themselves within an educational context.
All students have the right to access modern technology to use for their education.
All students have the right to feel mentally, physically, and emotionally safe in school.
Oregon Student Voice used the Right to Influence Decisions (“All students have the right to shape decisions and institutions that will affect their future”) to write and release a state report that highlighted school inequities and stories of student action from diverse regions across Oregon.
In Kentucky, the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team published Ready or Not: Stories from the Students Behind the Statistics to encourage educators and policymakers to improve students’ college readiness and postsecondary transitions.
Students in rural South Carolina received policy advocacy training and used the Right to an Affordable and Equitable Education as a foundation for their work with policymakers and other students from around the state to secure a multi-million-dollar bond referendum in their school district.
Explore student stories and podcasts from coast to coast. Our team of 14 journalism fellows shares their stories from schools across the U.S.
Starting a student voice school chapter is easy. View our resources to help you get started, and learn what a local chapter looks like.