Student Voices

The Student Advisory Council (SAC), which was established in 1975, represents a diverse group of young leaders from across the state who have demonstrated the ability to advocate for educational equity on behalf of all Illinois public school students. SAC members are passionate about creating impactful change through educational legislation, policies, and rules. Each year the SAC identifies areas of focus and collaborates with ​legislators, educational leaders, and ISBE staff to provide the Board of Education with recommendations on how to rethink and enhance current education initiatives.​

2022-23 Student Advisory Council Applications Are Closed

​Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by August 31. The new SAC members will be announced in the fall.

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Leslie Ward at​

2021-22 Student Advisory Council

Congratulations to the Illinois State Board of Education 2021-22 Student Advisory Council. The 21 members will provide ISBE with student perspectives and concerns on the state's education policies. The main focus areas for the 2021-22 Student Advisory Council are to develop ways to respond to post-COVID 19 achievement gaps, create a diversity, equity and inclusion framework, ensure the safety and emotional well-being of students, and address the teacher shortage and rethink recruitment​​​.​​

2022-23 Student Council MembersPDF Document

SAC Photobook - The One Where They Took Over SpringfieldPDF Document

ISBE SAC Celebrating Black History

Pushing Educational Boundaries


The Illinois State Board of Education developed a three-year Strategic Plan to respond to the needs of students. This year, based on their research to explore ways to achieve goals outlined in the Strategic Plan as well as ways to best utilize the influx of education funding, members of the 2021-22 Student Advisory Council presented and discussed their recommendations to the Board during a webinar hosted by the Region 9 Comprehensive Center. Issues discussed included the post-COVID-19 achievement gap; student safety and emotional well-being; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

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