Commissioner creates Next-Generation student council

Students in grades 10-12 may be nominated for year-long program



In order to gain valuable feedback from Kentucky students and to engage student leaders in learning by doing, Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday has created the Next-Generation Student Council, a year-long program for public school students in grades 10-12.

This group will meet with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education staff, both in person and virtually, to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Kentucky. This council will provide feedback - from a student perspective - on critical issues impacting Kentucky students and schools.

The council seeks students with refreshing 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.

The application and FAQs for the council are now on the KDE website here for students to complete and return to KDE via fax, mail or e-mail.

KDE encourages you to publicize this student opportunity within your district’s high schools and alternative schools, and other appropriate channels such as school-based decision making councils, existing high school student councils, school PTAs, school and/or district newsletters and staff meetings at the district and school levels.

Any questions concerning the council or the application process can be directed to Stephanie Siria by phone at (502) 564-4201, ext. 4817 or via e-mail to We appreciate your help in spreading the word about this new initiative. Commissioner Holliday looks forward to getting to know this inaugural council and using the time together to generate results-oriented dialogue and solutions.

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