Purpose: The Commissioner's
Student Council (CSC) advises the commissioner of education on issues relevant
to high school students throughout the state.
In order to gain valuable feedback from Kentucky students and to engage student leaders in learning by doing, the Kentucky Education Commissioner created the Commissioner’s Student Council. This group will meet with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff, both in person and virtually, to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Kentucky and provide feedback – from a student perspective – on critical issues impacting Kentucky students and schools.
The Commissioner’s Student Council is a school year-long program for Kentucky public school students in grades 10-12, including students from the Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Deaf. The council will play a vital role in providing input regarding issues that face education in Kentucky and work with KDE staff to develop ideas that will work to improve and transform education.
The council seeks students with innovative ideas and thoughtful insight into how we can further improve our schools and student achievement. As such, we encourage students to apply who represent the diverse academic, geographic, demographic and school-size variables particular to our state.
Below are the application and frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the council. Please read the FAQs prior to completing the application. Applications must be received by postal mail or hand delivery to Stephanie Siria at KDE no later than 4:30 p.m. ET Thursday, September 15. Only applications also with a postmark date of September 15 or earlier will be accepted.
Return your completed application, completed Student Service Commitment Form and completed Consent Form to Stephanie Siria by mail to the following address:
Commissioner's Student Council
c/o Stephanie Siria
Kentucky Department of Education
Division of Communications
Capital Plaza Tower
500 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
If the application isn't submitted as complete, with all necessary information and handwritten signatures included, it will not be considered for review. Please make sure your application is complete prior to mailing.
Applications also will be accepted by email to email@example.com, but must still follow the guidelines listed above. The deadline for applications submitted by email is 4:30 p.m. ET Thursday, September 15.
A committee of KDE representatives will review and score all applications based on the answers provided to the questions. Appointments to the council will be based on how well the applicants communicated their ideas and goals.
Membership: 2 student members from each of the seven (7) State Board of Education districts; four (4) at-large student members; one student from the Kentucky School for the Blind; one student from the Kentucky School for the Deaf; student members enrolled in a career and technical education pathway
All student members are in grades 10-12 during the year of service on the council.
Meeting Frequency: 3-4 times per school year