There are nine members on the DC State Board of Education who are directly elected by voters within the District. Board members’ terms are four years and are staggered so no more than five board members are selected in any one election. To learn about our committee assignments, please visit the Committee Assignments page.
SY2020-2021 Student Representatives
Shayla Dell (left), Alex O'Sullivan (right)
Shayla Dell, a junior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Alex O’Sullivan, a junior at BASIS DC PCS, will serve as Student Representatives for the 2020–21 school year.
For the length of their term, the Student Representatives will join the nine elected State Board members in policy discussions and community engagement efforts, bringing the voice of students directly to decision-makers. With their direct experience in the classroom, student representatives provide a unique voice during policy discussions and offer a vital perspective on teacher retention, education standards, and our state accountability system. As Student Representatives, Burton and O’Sullivan will also co-chair the 2020–21 Student Advisory Committee (SAC), a volunteer group of students from District high schools.