SPRINGFIELD – Twenty-one high school students from across Illinois will meet for the first time as members of the Illinois State Board of Education’s 2019-20 Student Advisory Council. The council includes 11 new and 10 returning members from across the state.
One of the new members is making us Central Illinois Proud; Amir Sykes, a junior at Manual Academy in Peoria joins the Council as one of the 11 new members.
The council will provide the State Board with diverse student perspectives on education issues in Illinois as the Board formulates policy throughout the year. They will research and present to the State Board on topics affecting students’ success in Illinois. The students’ interests and the agency’s priorities and needs over the course of the year will drive the council’s research topics.
“Students’ voices have an important role in ensuring our education system is rooted in equity, quality, community, and collaboration,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “I applaud the outstanding young people on this council for committing to give their time and efforts to improve Illinois’ education system for themselves and their peers. I cannot wait to get to know the members of this year’s council and hear what they have to say.”
The members of the council will meet Dr. Ayala and members of the State Board during the Board’s meeting in Springfield on Wednesday.