Student Elections for BOE

  • New Haven Board of Education 2020 Student Elections: Requirements & Information 


    Important Dates and Steps in the Process 

    • Thursday, February 27th: Registration and Petition Forms available online.  
    • Friday, March 27th 4pm: Petitions must be turned in to the Superintendent’s Office  
    • Friday, March 27th – Monday, May 1st:  Citywide campaigning period  
    • Tuesday, April  7th: Candidate Meeting (Location TBD) at 4 pm.
    • Wednesday April 29th, Thursday April 30th, and Friday, May 1st  Elections at all New Haven public high schools 

    Candidate Eligibility

    • Candidates must be (1) a resident of New Haven, (2) a current 10th grade student who will be in the 11th grade for the 2020-2021 academic year, AND (3) enrolled in New Haven Public Schools. 
    • One current 10th grader (“rising junior”) will be elected and serve a two year term from July 2020-June 2022.  

    Candidate Responsibility 

    • Students must be willing to make a substantial time commitment for the length of their term in office (junior and senior year). The Board of Education meets twice a month, including summers, at 5:30pm on the second and fourth Monday of the month. Meetings can last multiple hours. Members are also invited (but not required) to attend committee meetings.
    • Student members will participate in discussions on the Board of Education. However, due to state law, students will not have a vote on decisions made by the Board. 


    Petition Process 

    1. Interested candidates can access a REGISTRATION FORM beginning Thursday, February 27th.
      The registration form contains: office sought, election date, candidate information (name, address, phone, email, school, graduation year, student ID), statement of intent, and eligibility verification.
    2. Upon receipt of the registration form, the Superintendent’s Office will immediately verify the candidate’s high school enrollment and New Haven resident status. 
    3. Once the candidate’s eligibility is confirmed, the Superintendent’s Office will immediately issue PETITION FORMS to the candidate. 
      The petition form includes: petition process information (office sought, date of election, deadline for petition submission), candidate information (name, school), circulator information (student ID number, name, date of birth, school), signer information (signature, printed name, student ID number, date of birth, graduation year, school), and a statement of authenticity. 
      These forms can be duplicated. 
    4. Candidates are allowed to have CIRCULATORS, who are individuals that will assist in gathering signatures on the petition forms.  Circulators: 
      Must be currently enrolled in a New Haven public high school, but do not need to be New Haven residents. 
      Must include their student ID number, name, date of birth, and school name on the circulator section of the petition form. 
    5. Petitions must be submitted to the Superintendent’s Office by 4pm on Friday, March 27th.  
      Prior to submission, candidates must collect 100 ELIGIBLE signatures (50 students from your high school and 50  students combined from other New Haven Public Schools High Schools). Petition signatures will be validated by the Board of Education. [this has not traditionally been COSE’s responsibility] 


    Signer and Voter Eligibility 

    • All New Haven public high school students, regardless of grade level and residency, are eligible to sign petitions and vote. The New Haven residency and grade level requirements only apply to candidates.