Calling All Juniors! CPS Needs Your Voice! 

CEO Byrd-Bennett to create new Student Advisory Council

November 08, 2013

Beginning in January, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will be hearing directly from students about the issues and concerns that most affect their education.


“Most of the decisions we make as a District affect our children directly,” said CEO Byrd-Bennett, “so it seems only right that they should have a seat at the table.”


Applications are now available for the first-ever Student Advisory Council – a group of approximately 20 high school juniors who will communicate directly with the CEO on a variety of topics that are particularly impactful to students.


Benefits for students include:


  • A positive addition to resumes and college applications
  • Having a direct role in improving your school and CPS for all students
  • Gaining important leadership, public speaking, decision-making and team-building skills
  • Mentoring opportunities by some of Chicago’s most experienced leaders


The Student Advisory Council is open to all CPS juniors and will represent the diverse experiences of CPS students. Students will be selected not based on their GPA, but on their passion and rationale for wanting to make a positive difference for Chicago schools and communities and the unique perspective they would bring to the Council.


For more information or to apply, visit The application deadline is Monday, December 2.


The Student Advisory Council will be introduced at the December 18 Board of Education Meeting and will meet regularly with CEO Byrd-Bennett beginning in January.


If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Prather at (773) 553-1477 or


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