Pennsylvania Education Group seeks members to raise the voice of students across the Commonwealth

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today announced that Students for Education in Pennsylvania (SEPA), a group created by student representatives from the State Board of Education, is seeking dedicated and passionate high school students to help raise the voices of students across the Commonwealth.

“At PDE, we often note that the best way to accomplish our mission of providing a high quality education to all learners is to hear from students who are actually learning,” said the Secretary at the education, Dr. Noe Ortega. “Effective and meaningful public policy is developed through collaboration and feedback, and we believe that when policy is considered, student voices should be heard. We encourage all interested Commonwealth students to lend their time – and voice – to Students for Education in Pennsylvania.

SEPA was born out of a shared passion for a larger and more diverse network of student representatives. In addition to PDEs missionSEPA aims to establish an ongoing relationship with dedicated students across the Commonwealth to more effectively represent the voice of students in Pennsylvania’s educational policy-making.

To accomplish their mission, Pennsylvania Board of Education student representatives, Senior Student Member Eva Rankin and Junior Student Member Reva Gandhi, asked Commonwealth stakeholders to nominate two to three dedicated and passionate high school students to bring their unique voices to Pennsylvania. Student Representative Program, which includes geographically based groups that will meet regularly to discuss education and student life.

In 2021, Council student representatives held several regional meetings to assess student concerns and interests. Common outcomes from these meetings included a desire to have more voice and choice for students in the curriculum, providing a more holistic perspective on historical events and issues, a need for better representation of cultures and religions in the classroom, mixed responses to standardized tests and concerns about mental health. health and closing the education gap caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each spring, the Pennsylvania Board of Education, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC), selects an up-and-coming high school student for a two-year term as a student representative on the State Board. The primary responsibility of the student representative position is to provide student perspectives at council meetings. Historically, student representatives have met with small groups of student stakeholders, however, current student representatives seek to broaden and elevate student voices further.

Student representation on the State Board of Education is made possible through a grant from Highmark, providing students in Pennsylvania with the opportunity to have a direct voice to help shape education policy.

For more information on Pennsylvania education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education website. Follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, YoutubeWhere pinterest.

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