November 8, 2013
CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced today the formation of a Student Advisory Council (SAC) to provide a forum for communication between students and the CEO concerning issues that are important to students and the District. Students will be selected via an open application process based on their reasons for wanting to join the SAC and their demonstrated commitment to serving their school and community. CPS's goal is to select students by Dec. 19 and hold the first meeting in January.
"We look forward to giving students a greater role and voice in shaping and informing District policies," said CEO Byrd-Bennett. "The new Student Advisory Council will create an ongoing dialogue between students and CPS leadership that will help us reach our goal of CPS students being 100 percent college-ready and 100 percent college-bound."
In addition to creating a conversation between students and the CEO, the Council will engage in developing and implementing solutions for select initiatives in partnership with departments across the District. The SAC will also provide an opportunity for students to develop their leadership, public speaking and networking skills.
The SAC will consist of a diverse group of approximately 20 high school juniors. Students will represent various areas of the city (South, West and North sides) and will come from different types of schools (including neighborhood, charter and selective-enrollment schools). Council members must be CPS students for a total of at least two years and articulate a strong rationale for wanting to join the Council. Students' principals will also be consulted to confirm their capacity to participate.
Applications will be made available to students starting today at www.cps.edu/sac. Interested students should complete and submit applications by Dec. 2. A selection committee consisting of CPS leadership, retired principals, a community organization leader and a faith-based leader will recommend students for SAC membership by Dec. 16, and the makeup of the first Council will be announced Dec. 19. After the first SAC meeting in January, the Council will meet every two months.