Drawing on his experience as a SBOE Student Representative, Brain Contreras saw a need to create a pathway to increase student involvement in DC education policy. In October of 2015, SBOE made that a reality by creating the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) to amplify student voices. This year's SAC was made up of 8 students from across the district and co-chaired by both SBOE Student Representatives:
In the future, DC SBOE will expand the members of the Student Advisory Committee to 17 in total.
By a unanimous vote in their first meeting, the Student Advisory Committee selected the topic of Teacher Accountability as their area of focus for the year.
The Student Advisory Committee met four times over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, with each meeting representing a distinct step in the process of developing a set of policy proposals for the State Board of Education. You can read the full final report here. During SBOE's June Public Meeting, the final SAC report was presented and passed on unanimously. Here are the main takeaways: