The City Council of Greenbelt, Maryland listened and acted on its Youth Advisory Committee’s recommendation to extend voting rights to those 16 and older. January 8, 2018 was an icy night in this city of 24,000 located about 12 miles from Washington, DC. Three councilmembers were not present. Would the vote be delayed? Ema andContinue reading Another City Lowers the Voting Age!
“STUDENTS ARE THE MOST VALUABLE AND LEAST CONSULTED EDUCATION-POLICY EXPERTS IN AMERICA.” ~AMANDA RIPLEY, AUTHOR OF “THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD” Too often the mantra ‘Student Voice’ falls on deaf ears. Certainly, the views by some students do get heard. Student representatives–elected by their high school peers–who serve on their School Boards tend to earn respect fromContinue reading Students Win Vote for All School Board Candidates
Most big changes take years–often decades–to gain the necessary support to win over the public and politicians. Since 2005, the San Francisco Youth Commission has been advocating to extend voting rights to those younger than age 18. In May 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors heard dozens of youth testify on a charter amendmentContinue reading Key Arguments for Expanding Voting Rights