LACOE Superintendent Debra Duardo has launched an advisory council to bring the views of students into conversations and decision-making about public education.

“Education leaders must be informed by the experiences and voices of our young people,” Duardo said. “Their perspective is vital to addressing issues and solving problems facing our schools and communities.”

The new Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council will involve 25 diverse high school students from districts countywide. They will engage in dialogue with Superintendent Duardo on educational equity, the quality of public education, student well-being and other topics of concern, advising her on key issues facing youth.

Students are currently being recruited to apply to serve on the advisory council. The group will meet virtually on a quarterly basis beginning in Fall 2020. Council members will be expected to participate in every meeting.

Interested students will need to complete an application and have a teacher, administrator or certificated school staff member submit a recommendation. They will also need to show they have the permission of their parent/guardian to participate.

Applications and forms are due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Please email any questions to

Complete Online Student Application Form
Complete Online Recommendation Form

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