State Board of Education Student Representatives
On May 22, 2008 the Pennsylvania State Board of Education amended its bylaws to add one non-voting senior student member and one non-voting junior student member. Thus, since September 2008, two high school students have served on the State Board of Education.
These State Board of Education positions have provided public school students with an unprecedented opportunity in Pennsylvania to interact with the twenty-one adult Board members and have helped shape long-term education policy for the 1.8 million K-12 students in our state and the 680,000 students impacted by our state system of higher education.
Since the program's inception, the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC) has had the responsibility of selecting these students. These students become an active voice on the State Board of Education by working closely with the adult board members to draft and implement policies for basic and higher education in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As voting members of the PASC Executive Board, they also work with other students on the PASC board to gather student perspective and input.
In 2021, PASC and the student representatives created the Students for Education in Pennsylvania (SEPA). The SEPA program provides nominated students across the state the opportunity to share their experiences and voice their opinions about education directly to the SBE Student Representatives.
SEPA seeks to establish an ongoing relationship with dedicated PA students to more effectively represent student voice in PA’s educational decision-making. SEPA's membership of over 100 students allow the SBE Reps to hear from voices all across the Commonwealth that give feedback on education policy and student life.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION Student Rep Application
Each year PASC coordinates the selection process for the next student representative on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The selected student serves on both the State Board of Education as well as the PASC Executive Board. Below is more information about the process, as well as the application
Students interested in applying must be a sophomore during the application cycle. Students must also be attending a public high school in Pennsylvania. Schools may nominate more than one student, however, schools that currently have student representatives on the board are ineligible to nominate a student.
Applications become available online in November. If selected as a finalist, applicants will be interviewed in Harrisburg in April.
The State Board of Education student representatives serve a two-year term and attend bi-monthly meetings in Harrisburg to represent the students of Pennsylvania. They will also organize the Student Summit and attend PASC programming, including the State Conference and Executive Board Meetings.