Are you a student who wants to advise Illinois on education?

Public high school students across the state have an opportunity to provide feedback to the Illinois State Board of Education.

The state board is accepting applications for student advisers until 5 p.m. May 26.

During their time on the student advisory council, they’ll learn about education issues in the state, according to a news release.

They’ll also choose and research a topic in education and present their findings at a state board meeting. Last year, student advisers gave a presentation on the lack of awareness of mental health issues in Illinois public schools.

State Superintendent Tony Smith stated in the release that he encourages students interested in government, policy and public service to consider applying.

Applications are available online at

Students will be chosen over the summer and begin their work in September. They’ll meet a few times throughout the year and work remotely on the research project, according to the state board’s website.

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes