LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. State Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville, wants to invite local high school students to serve on the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Student Advisory Council.  High School students who are going to be sophomores, juniors or seniors next year are eligible.

“As a teacher, I want young people be involved in decisions that affect them,” said Edly-Allen. “The student voice is crucial as decisions are made about public education in Illinois. ISBE is giving students this opportunity to have their voice heard.”

The ISBE student advisory council (SAC) is a group of diverse students from all different backgrounds across the state. Students on the council will have the opportunity to meet with the State Board’s policymakers and provide their perspective on legislation that will affect students across the state. Advisory council members meet virtually and may meet in Springfield throughout the year. The 2020-2021 SAC application is now available on ISBE’s website at All applications are due on Friday, May 29 at 5 p.m. Questions about the program can be sent to or

 “It’s so important to encourage youth to get involved in government and the decisions being made on their behalf. This council gives students firsthand experience in civic engagement while giving the State Board of Education critical insight into the needs and observations of our students,” Edly-Allen added.

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