San Diego Unified's New Student Board Member Becomes a Voice for Young People
On Dec. 12, The San Diego Unified School District swore in its very first student board member, Zachary Patterson. He’s just 16 years old but he’s got more passion than many adults.
He began as a room representative in the third grade, was elected vice president in the fourth grade, and successfully lobbied the school board just three years later to create a new position for a student board member. He was elected to represent more than 100,000 students last fall.
Patterson’s new position is so shrewd, it’s a wonder no school board thought of it sooner.
“Just because I’m younger, it doesn’t mean I’m any less competent,” the University City High sophomore told CBS 8. “Actually, I would argue I know better because I’m somebody who’s actually experiencing it.”
Patterson will serve in an advisory role. He does not have voting power and he will not be paid for his position.