Gridlock made a Maryland student the deciding vote on a school board. One lawmaker wants that to end.

Sixteen of the 24 Maryland school boards don’t allow students to vote. However, most school boards in the Baltimore region have one student member who can vote on most topics. The student — a junior or senior — is elected by middle and high school students and serves a one-year term. In Howard, the student member can vote on most topics except those involving redistricting, personnel, legal issues, the budget and “other restricted matters,” according to the school system’s website. Howard High School senior Zach Koung is the board’s 2020-21 student member.

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