Students encouraged to apply for 2021-2022 Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Public school students in grades 10-12 are invited to apply for 14 vacant positions on the 2021-2022 Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council, a group that provides input to the Kentucky commissioner of education.

The Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council is a year-long program. The group will meet with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Kentucky. Members will provide feedback from a student perspective on critical issues impacting Kentucky students and schools.

"Involving the voices of our students and empowering them in our decisions is critically important to all of us here at KDE," said Jason E. Glass, Kentucky's commissioner of education and chief learner. "Over the past year, KDE has increased the number of meetings with this valuable student council and has continued to look for additional ways to include their voice as we develop policy and provide guidance to our districts and schools."

KDE is seeking students for the council who have innovative ideas and thoughtful insight into how schools and student achievement can be improved. Students who represent the diverse academic, geographic, demographic and school-size variables for Kentucky are encouraged to apply.

Students selected to serve on the council represent each of the seven Supreme Court districts, and at least one student from the Kentucky School for the Blind, the Kentucky School for the Deaf and students enrolled in a career and technical education pathway. Students selected for the council may serve consecutive one-year terms as long as they remain eligible to serve.

A committee of KDE appointed representatives will review and score all applications based on the answers provided. Top scoring applicants will be invited to interview for a position on the council; appointments will be determined by how well the applicants communicate their ideas and goals.

The application deadline is March 12, 2021. Interested students should use this Google form to apply.

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