Calling All Juniors! CPS Needs Your Voice! 

Apply now for the 2015 Student Advisory Council

November 13, 2014

In January 2014, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett began hearing directly from students about the issues and concerns that most affect their education.

For nearly a year, the first-ever CPS Student Advisory Council has made their voices heard on a variety of topics, and has collaborated with several departments to create solutions and develop District initiatives.

Now seniors in high school, these students will remain a part of the SAC until their graduation in June, however it is time to welcome a new group of students to this critically-important role.

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

Applications are now available for the 2015 Student Advisory Council – a group of approximately 20 high school juniors who 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 1, 2014.

The Student Advisory Council will be presented at a Board of Education meeting in early 2015 and will meet regularly with CEO Byrd-Bennett.

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

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