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Applications open for state student advisory council

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State superintendent Sherri Ybarra is encouraging Idaho students to apply for an advisory council aimed at helping them improve schools, hone their leadership skills and gain civic understanding.

Applications are now open, the State Department of Education announced Wednesday.

“To address and understand the needs in our schools, it is essential to get feedback and ideas from the people most affected by those needs and education policies — our students,” Ybarra said. Last year’s first batch of participants from all regions of the state” suggested and examined key issues, met with the governor, attended education committee meetings and conducted mock legislative sessions.

Two of those students testified at legislative hearings, advocating for bills that are now law.

The program gives students a chance to “change the course of education,” said Hayden Barbre, a Wood River Middle School eighth-grader who participated last year.

The advisory council will meet through the end of the year, the SDE announced. Applications must include a waiver signed by a parent or guardian, and students must be accompanied by an adult to Boise for meetings. The state will provide a travel stipend, and reimburse meals and lodging, if applicable, according to Idaho state guidelines and rates.

Applications are open to all Idaho students who will be in fourth through 12th grade this fall. The deadline is July 1. Go here for more information and to apply online.

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