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Calling All District Students: Make Your Voice Heard on the State Board

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Apply Now to Serve as a Student Representative for SY2017-2018

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) is looking for motivated students in the District to serve as student representatives on the State Board next year. Applications are now being accepted from students who are passionate about serving their local community. This opportunity provides students the opportunity to represent their peers in the decision-making process for education policy in the District.

Student Representatives serve for one school year from September to June. Student Representatives participate in all SBOE activities and are treated as full members of the State Board. Their votes are recorded, but cannot affect the outcome of any policy measure. Student Representatives are expected to attend all official SBOE meetings in the evening twice monthly on the first and third Wednesday of each month. In addition, Student Representatives co-chair the Student Advisory Committee and are responsible for setting the agenda for the Committee.

“The role of our student representatives is fundamental to the success of the work of the SBOE,” said Karen Williams, President of the State Board of Education. “Students offer a unique perspective on how policies actually impact the District and what we as policymakers can do to improve.”

The Student Advisory Committee serves as the voice of students in the State Board’s work. They are consulted on all issues of policy before the Board. The Student Advisory Committee meets once per month, on the third Monday of each month at 4:30pm. The Committee also produces a report each year to the State Board on a matter of importance to District students and provides recommendations on action.

This is a joint application for the Student Representatives on the State Board of Education and the Student Advisory Committee (SAC). If a student is not selected for the Student Representative position, they will automatically be considered for a position on the SAC.

Interested students can submit their application here. The application is due by Tuesday, May 30, 2017. ALL Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a District of Columbia resident
  • Be a sophomore, junior or senior in either a traditional public or public charter high school.

The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at