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Student Advisory Council

SPRINGFIELD — Sixteen sophomore, junior, and senior high school students from throughout the State of Illinois met for the first time as the State Board’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) for the 2016-17 School Year. The teens convened at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) offices in Springfield on Sept. 13 and 14. Members of SAC, who were selected from dozens of applicants, have an opportunity to see the State Board’s policymakers in action and work with them to provide student perspectives and concerns on the state’s education policies. 

“The Illinois State Board of Education places tremendous value on the student perspective,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “SAC not only provides ISBE with critical feedback on our key initiatives directly affecting the classroom, but also provides motivated and civic-minded student leaders with a window into the education policymaking process.”

Each year, the members of SAC select a topic to research in depth and present to the State Board of Education. In previous years, the SAC has examined best practices for recognizing vocational education, grading scales for school districts, the effects of cyber bullying, the effects of mandatory physical education on high school students and district budgets, and the dropout crisis.

“Opportunities like SAC prepare students to lead the boards and governing bodies of the future,” said State Board of Education Chairman James T. Meeks. “I look forward to working with our new and returning SAC members to better our education system for all students, and I encourage every Illinois high school student interested in government and politics to look into applying for SAC for next year.”  

Applicants to the SAC undergo a competitive review process. Those selected exhibit strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work well in groups, think creatively, and come up with innovative solutions to policy challenges. Most have an avid interest in public service and education policy. The SAC was established in 1975. All sophomores, juniors, and seniors who attend an Illinois public high school are eligible to apply. Applications for next year’s SAC (school year 2017-18) will be available in spring of 2017.

For more information on SAC, visit: http://www.isbe.net/sac/.

Congratulations to CHS Sophomore Neha Arun for her selection to the State Board’s Student Advisory Council!

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