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Amplifing Student Voices

Join the Student Advisory Committee or become a Student Representative!

The DC State Board of Education has opened the application process for its School Year 2016-2017 Student Representatives and Student Advisory Committee. Student Representatives serve as full members of the State Board of Education in all aspects but official votes. The Student Representatives also serve as co-chairs of the Student Advisory Committee.  The Committee is composed of a minimum of 15 high school students, one from each of the 10 largest (by student population) high schools in the District and 5 additional members from other high schools. The application for both positions is online.  If you want more information, email the State Board at sboe@dc.gov.

Click here to fill out the application for the Student Advisory Committee and Student Representative for SY2016-2017. Applications are also available at the State Board offices at 441 4th Street NW, Suite 530S. 

ALL Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • District of Columbia resident:

  • Sophomore, junior or senior in either a traditional public or public charter high school.

Hear First-Hand Experience From Former Representatives:

Brian Contreras, 2016 School Without Walls Graduate, SY2014-2016 SBOE Student Representative 

"Students rarely get the opportunity to be involved in the political systems that control their lives every day, but over the past two years, I’ve been one of the few who had the chance to take up just such a role. As one of two Student Representatives on the DC State Board of Education, I met with city leaders nearly every week to discuss the policy issues that limit the ability of the DC student community to get the most out of their education. The ability to be directly engaged in issues as diverse as health standards, teacher accountability, and the achievement gap provided an opportunity made available to an unfortunately small number of young people in our community. In fact, I created the new Student Advisory Committee as a means of increasing the involvement of students in student-centric policy creation; I hope this group will grow in the years to come. My time on the Board was not only interesting and allowed me to grow personally, but also (I would hope) created some small change in the DC education system that will help my peers in the same way." 

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Destinee Whittington, 2016 Richard Wright Public Charter School Graduate, SY2015-2016 SBOE Student Representative 

"I have really grown being around some of the DC's most important leaders in education. As Student Representative, my confidence has grown so much! I have made lifetime connections with this wonderful opportunity. Being a student representative has been a life-changing experience." 

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We'll miss these two impactful members of our Board. We look forward to adding new student voices to our team. Apply now. 

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