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DC State Board of Education Seeks Student Representatives and Student Advisory Committee Members for the 2015-2016 School Year

Monday, August 3, 2015

(Washington, DC) - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) is looking for motivated District Columbia scholars to act as a connection between DC’s student population and education policymakers. The SBOE will select students for two leadership opportunities.   

First, the SBOE is seeking two students who display leadership and are passionate about their roles in their community to serve as a Student Representative and an alternate. 

The SBOE is also seeking 15 students to serve on a newly created Student Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC will be a voice for all students in the District of Columbia and provide mutual provide information and communication between the SBOE and students. Committee members will also engage in service-learning projects that will help them develop their leadership skills. The SAC will be co-chaired by the Student Representatives of the SBOE.  

“The role of our student partners is vital to the success of the work of the SBOE,” said Jack Jacobson, President of the State Board of Education. “Our students have a unique perspective of how policies are working and what can be improved.”

Further information about the responsibilities for Student Representative and for the members of the Student Advisory Committee can be found here. It is necessary that all student applicants review and understand the requirements and responsibilities for the Student Representative and the Student Advisory Committee. 

ALL Applicants must meet the following requirements: 

Be a District of Columbia resident:

  • Be a sophomore,  junior or senior in either a traditional public high school (District of Columbia Public Schools) or a public character high school: and
  • Possess a GPA of 3.0 (for Student Leadership Representative) or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Possess a GPA of 2.5.(for Student Advisory Committee) or above on a 4.0 scale. 

The application for both positions can be found online. Additionally, applications will be sent electronically to school leaders, principals and community organizations. Applications may also be picked up at the DC State Board of Education office at 441 4th Street NW, Suite 723N, Washington, D.C. 20001. Applicants may also submit their application via email to [email protected]. All applications must be received in the office of the State Board of Education by 5 pm on September 14, 2015.

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 http://sboe.dc.gov